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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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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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