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prickly pear

noun
1.
any of numerous cacti of the genus Opuntia, having flattened, usually spiny stem joints, yellow, orange, or reddish flowers, and ovoid, often edible fruit.
2.
the usually prickly fruit of such a cactus.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15
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Examples for prickly pear
  • The bar features a wide selection of beers and martinis, including the house specialty called the prickly pear.
  • The restaurant includes a full bar, which is famous for its prickly pear margarita.
  • Then it appeared that these plots were completely planted in prickly pear.
  • On benches above the streambed, yellow and pink blooms of prickly pear cactus herald the spring.
  • Plains prickly pear mortality was related to fuel load and all measures of heat.
  • prickly pear has fleshy, flattened pads covered with clusters of fine sharp spikes.
  • These species tend to hybridize, so it is often difficult to determine which prickly pear is which.
  • prickly pear cactus makes up the major portion of their diet.
  • prickly pear cactus also grows in dense stands in some areas on the island.
  • Many native plants growing nearby, such as prickly pear cactus, provided other sources of food.
British Dictionary definitions for prickly pear

prickly pear

noun
1.
any of various tropical cacti of the genus Opuntia, having flattened or cylindrical spiny joints and oval fruit that is edible in some species See also cholla, nopal (sense 2)
2.
the fruit of any of these plants
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