bisnaga

bisnaga

[bis-nah-guh]
noun
any of several thorny cactuses of the genera Echinocactus, Ferocactus, and Astrophytum of the southwestern U.S.
Also, biznaga.


Origin:
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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