cactus

[cac┬Ětus]

A cactus is a succulent desert plant that's often covered in sharp spines. Some cacti grow brilliantly colored flowers, but none of them have leaves.

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Any plant of the order Cactac'91, 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.

Noun
any spiny succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World


n.
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.


Cactus

Cac"tus , n. ; pl. E. Cactuses , Cacti (-t'c6). [L., a kind of cactus, Gr. .] (Bot.) Any plant of the order Cactac'91, 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. Cactus wren (Zo'94l.), an American wren of the genus Campylorhynchus, of several species.

Any plant of the order Cactac'91, 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.

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My dad is like a cactus - introverted and tough. I'm a people person, like my mom, but I got my competitiveness from my dad. He came to this country from Belarus with nothing and built a real business. He's my hero for giving me that need to run a business and for having enormous confidence in me.

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