noun, plural cac·ti [kak-tahy] /ˈkæk taɪ/, cac·tus·es, cac·tus.
- cactus dahlia,
- cactus geranium,
- cactus moth,
- cactus pear,
- cactus wren
Origin of cactus
Examples from the Web for cacti
No matter how dry and arid the region, the cacti thrive, and are themselves full of moisture.Aztec Land|Maturin M. Ballou
The fruits of the cacti yielded refreshment in the southwestern States and in Mexico.North America|Israel C. Russell
This shows that these odd, outrageous shapes of Prickly Pears, Cacti, and other succulents are an extraordinary help to them.The Romance of Plant Life|G. F. Scott Elliot
The mountains uplifted themselves in this glow; the cacti assumed different fantastical shapes, resembling people and animals.Sielanka: An Idyll|Henryk Sienkiewicz
Was there no end to the thirst-inspiring, monotonous, lonely reach of cacti?Langford of the Three Bars|Kate Boyles
noun plural -tuses or -ti (-taɪ)
Word Origin for cactus
c.1600, from Latin cactus "cardoon," from Greek kaktos, name of a type of prickly plant of Sicily (the Spanish artichoke), perhaps of pre-Hellenic origin. Modern meaning is 18c., because Linnaeus gave the name to a group of plants he thought were related to this but are not.