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barrel cactus

noun
1.
any of several large, cylindrical, ribbed, spiny cacti of the genera Echinocactus and Ferocactus.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism
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Encyclopedia Article for barrel cactus

name for a group of more or less barrel-shaped cacti, family Cactaceae, native to North and South America. It is most often used for two large-stemmed North American genera, Ferocactus and Echinocactus. Small barrel cacti include the genera Sclerocactus, Neolloydia, and Thelocactus, and other barrel cacti are Astrophytum and some species of Thelocactus that were previously placed in Hamatocactus.

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