saguaro

[suh-gwahr-oh, -wahr-oh]
noun, plural saguaros.
a tall, horizontally branched cactus, Carnegiea (or Cereus ) gigantea, of Arizona and neighboring regions, yielding a useful wood and bearing an edible fruit: still locally common, though some populations have been reduced.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish saguaro, sahuaro, said to be < Opata (now extinct Uto-Aztecan language of Sonora)

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saguaro or sahuaro (səˈɡwɑːrəʊ, səˈwɑː-, səˈwɑːrəʊ)
 
n , pl -ros
a giant cactus, Carnegiea gigantea, of desert regions of Arizona, S California, and Mexico, having white nocturnal flowers and edible red pulpy fruits
 
[Mexican Spanish, variant of sahuaro,an Indian name]
 
sahuaro or sahuaro
 
n
 
[Mexican Spanish, variant of sahuaro,an Indian name]

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saguaro
type of large branching cactus of the N.Amer. desert, 1856, from Mexican Sp., from Piman native name, of unknown origin.
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Coyote yelps ring from the shadows of a giant saguaro as brilliant sunlight
  slips down tawny mountain slopes.
Summer meant gathering wild desert greens, berries, and saguaro fruit.
Then they're astride one of those helium beasts, flying across a desert full of
  saguaro cactuses.
Twenty-six species of cactus flourish here, including the giant saguaro.
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