crab cactus

crab cactus

noun
a cactus, Schlumbergera truncata (or Zygocactus truncatus ), native to Brazil, having stems with leaflike segments and showy red flowers and often cultivated as a houseplant.
Also called Thanksgiving cactus.


Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism

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crab cactus

noun
South American jointed cactus with usually red flowers; often cultivated as a houseplant; sometimes classified as genus Schlumbergera 
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