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fishhook cactus

noun
1.
a large cactus, Ferocactus wislizenii, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having hooked spines and red or yellow flowers.
Origin of fishhook cactus
1845-1850
1845-50, Americanism
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  • Indians use the spines for fish-hooks, hence a common name, fishhook cactus, and the celebrated cactus candy is made from it.

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