[noh-puhl, noh-pahl, -pal]
any of several cacti of the genus Nopalea, resembling the prickly pear.
the fruit of such a cactus, or of a similar cactus, as the prickly pear.

1720–30; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl nohpalli Unabridged
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nopal (ˈnəʊpəl)
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.  See also prickly pear a cactus, Opuntia lindheimeri, having yellow flowers and purple fruits
[C18: from Spanish, from Nahuatl nopálli cactus]

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