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 cactus
It all sounds a bit dramatic, but that cactus feels like something special.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Another choice is agave nectar, made from a type of cactus that grows in Mexico (yes, tequila fans, that cactus).How to Watch Out for Hidden Sugar and Replace With Leaner Substitutes|Diana Le Dean|February 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“There is nothing but cattle, cactus, rocks, and steep canyons,” said Bisbee, Ariz., City Council member Ransom Burke.Was Shooting of Border Patrol Agents in Arizona an Ambush?|Christine Pelisek|October 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
By early September the sea is warm and the mandarin oranges and cactus fruit have begun to replace the summer crowds.
Gathering a little she stuck it in her belt, but Jack hoped to discover a cactus plant of a different kind.The Ranch Girls' Pot of Gold|Margaret Vandercook
She starts low down among the plants, thorn and thistle, gorse and cactus."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"|Douglas English
This stretch of road through the cactus and sage-brush was the worst part of his daily trip.The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor|Annie Fellows Johnston
Tunas and pitahayas are fruits of different species of cactus.The White Chief|Mayne Reid
"Don't see nothin' else to do," answered Bill gloomily, still staring at the cactus plant.The Open Boat and Other Stories|Stephen Crane
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.