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saguaro

[suh-gwahr-oh, -wahr-oh]
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noun, plural sa·gua·ros.
  1. 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)
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saguaro

sahuaro (səˈwɑːrəʊ)

noun plural -ros
  1. 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

n.

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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