cactaceous

cactaceous

[kak-tey-shuhs]
adjective
belonging to the Cactaceae, the cactus family of plants.

Origin:
1850–55; < Neo-Latin Cactace(ae) name of the family (see cactus, -aceae) + -ous

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cactus (ˈkæktəs)
 
n , pl -tuses, -ti
1.  any spiny succulent plant of the family Cactaceae of the arid regions of America. Cactuses have swollen tough stems, leaves reduced to spines or scales, and often large brightly coloured flowers
2.  cactus dahlia a double-flowered variety of dahlia
 
[C17: from Latin: prickly plant, from Greek kaktos cardoon]
 
cactaceous
 
adj

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