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nopal

[noh-puh l, noh-pahl, -pal] /ˈnoʊ pəl, noʊˈpɑl, -ˈpæl/
noun
1.
any of several cacti of the genus Nopalea, resembling the prickly pear.
2.
the fruit of such a cactus, or of a similar cactus, as the prickly pear.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl nohpalli
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nopal

/ˈnəʊpəl/
noun
1.
any of various cactuses of the genus Nopalea, esp the red-flowered N. cochinellifera, which is a host plant of the cochineal insect
2.
a cactus, Opuntia lindheimeri, having yellow flowers and purple fruits See also prickly pear
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish, from Nahuatl nopálli cactus
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Word Origin and History for nopal
n.

Mexican cactus, from American Spanish, from Nahuatl nopalli.

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