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Definitions of cactus

  1. 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
  2. A prickly fleshy plant with showy flowers. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. An American plant, generally with prickles instead of leaves. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. A green, fleshy, spiny plant. See illus, in following column. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. A plant with prickly leaves. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. 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.

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Usage examples for cactus

  1. The amount of water that you must supply to the cactus is very much dependent upon the season and upon the climate of the place. – Free from School by Rahul Alvares
  2. Southwestern New Mexico and Arizona to southeastern California, usually above 2000 feet altitude; its distribution depending principally upon the giant cactus – The Woodpeckers by Fannie Hardy Eckstorm
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