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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 saguaros
  • saguaros crowd the slopes and huge boulders fill the canyon bottom, where a seasonal stream runs.
  • Mesquites, saguaros, and many other desert plants also have thorns to protect them from grazing animals.
  • Keep in mind that saguaros less than about four feet tall have the best chance of surviving a transplant.
  • Some saguaros have been seen with dozens of arms, while other cactus never produce a single one.
  • Elf owls nest in former woodpecker holes or cavities in trees and saguaros.
  • The following reasons for the decline of the saguaros have been suggested by researchers.
  • Biologists disagree as to why some saguaros grow in this unusual form.
  • When saguaros flower, white-winged doves move from flower to flower, sipping nectar and pollinating the plant.
  • Studies of saguaros over many decades clarify how these amazing plants reproduce and thrive in the desert.
  • saguaros are pollinated by many different animals such as butterflies, moths, bees and birds.
British Dictionary definitions for saguaros


/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 saguaros



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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