[ kak-tuhs ]
/ ˈkæk təs /
noun, plural cac·ti [kak-tahy], /ˈkæk taɪ/, cac·tus·es, cac·tus.
any of numerous succulent plants of the family Cactaceae, of warm, arid regions of the New World, having fleshy, leafless, usually spiny stems, and typically having solitary, showy flowers.
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Origin of cactus
1600–10; <Latin <Greek káktos cardoon
OTHER WORDS FROM cactuscac·tus·like, cactoid, adjective
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How to use cactus in a sentence
In the interior a few beeches and cacti are met with, and then broad swamps, fringed with reeds and rushes.
What a revelation it must be to one used to the barren alkali deserts of Wyoming, where, nothing grew but sage-bush and cacti!
The rolling terrain of the Mexican Plateau supports cacti, small leguminous trees, and grasses.
Specimens were found in the daytime in stumps, dead cacti, and the hollow branches of the legume, Apoplanesia paniculata.
British Dictionary definitions for cactus
noun plural -tuses or -ti (-taɪ)
any spiny succulent plant of the family Cactaceae of the arid regions of America. Cactuses have swollen tough stems, leaves reduced to spines or scales, and often large brightly coloured flowers
cactus dahlia a double-flowered variety of dahlia
Derived forms of cactuscactaceous (kækˈteɪʃəs), adjective
Word Origin for cactus
C17: from Latin: prickly plant, from Greek kaktos cardoon
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