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[suh-gwahr-oh, -wahr-oh] /səˈgwɑr oʊ, -ˈwɑr oʊ/
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 of saguaro
1855-60, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish saguaro, sahuaro, said to be < Opata (now extinct Uto-Aztecan language of Sonora) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for saguaro
  • 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.
  • saguaro are blasted into skeletons, their arms lying on the ground.
  • The local area is great for rock-hounding, saguaro cactus and wildlife viewing.
  • saguaro cacti stand in the desert as a thunderstorm rolls overhead.
  • The saguaro cactus is not the only plant that can survive in a desert.
  • North of phoenix, saguaro cacti give way to evergreens.
  • Rodents are a major cause of first-year saguaro mortality.
British Dictionary definitions for saguaro


/səˈɡwɑːrəʊ; səˈwɑː-/
noun (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
Word Origin
Mexican Spanish, variant of sahuaro,an Indian name
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Word Origin and History for saguaro

type of large branching columnar cactus of the North American desert, 1856, from Mexican Spanish, from a native name of unknown origin, perhaps from Yaqui (Sonoran).

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