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bisnaga

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[bis-nah-guh] /bɪsˈnɑ gə/
noun
1.
any of several thorny cactuses of the genera Echinocactus, Ferocactus, and Astrophytum of the southwestern U.S.
Origin of bisnaga
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish biznaga, (probably by association with biznaga parsnip) replacing earlier vitznauac < Nahuatl huitznāhuac, equivalent to huitz(tli) thorn + -nāhua- vicinity + -c(o) locative suffix
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  • Pearls big as bisnaga fruit an greeny-white like a high moon.

    Dust of the Desert Robert Welles Ritchie
  • Another of picturesque appeal is the bisnaga or barrel cactus, of which there are many species of many sizes.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • A welcome plant to the desert traveler is the bisnaga, or "well of the desert."

    The Mystic Mid-Region Arthur J. Burdick

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