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opuntia

/ɒˈpʌnʃɪə/
noun
1.
any cactus of the genus Opuntia, esp prickly pear, having fleshy branched stems and green, red, or yellow flowers
Word Origin
C17: New Latin, from Latin Opuntia (herba) the Opuntian (plant), from Opus, ancient town of Locris, Greece
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