Definitions of cactus

  1. any spiny succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Any plant of the order Cactacae, as the prickly pear and the night-blooming cereus. See Cereus. They usually have leafless stems and branches, often beset with clustered thorns, and are mostly natives of the warmer parts of America. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The cactus plant family of the order Caryophyllales, subclass Caryophyllidae, class Magnoliopsida. Cacti are succulent perennial plants well adapted to dry regions. Medical Dictionary DB
  4. A prickly fleshy plant with showy flowers. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. An American plant, generally with prickles instead of leaves. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. A green, fleshy, spiny plant. See illus, in following column. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A plant with prickly leaves. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. A tribe of tropical plants with fleshy prickly stems and leaves; a genus of flowering plants; the Indian fig tribe. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. kak'tus, n. an American plant, generally with prickles instead of leaves.--adj. CACT[=A]'CEOUS, pertaining to or like the cactus. [Gr., a prickly plant found in Sicily.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  10. Cynara. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  11. Kinds of succulent plant with thick fleshy stem, usu. no leaves, & clusters of spines. Hence cactaceous, cactal, cactoid, aa. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  12. n. [Greek] An American plant, having thick fleshy stems, generally without leaves, and armed with spines. Cabinet Dictionary

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