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bisnaga

or biz·na·ga

[ bis-nah-guh ]
/ bɪsˈnɑ gə /
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noun
any of several thorny cactuses of the genera Echinocactus, Ferocactus, and Astrophytum of the southwestern U.S.
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Origin of bisnaga

1835–45, Americanism;<Mexican Spanish biznaga, (probably by association with biznaga parsnip) replacing earlier vitznauac<Nahuatl huitznāhuac, equivalent to huitz(tli) thorn + -nāhua- vicinity + -c(o) locative suffix
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