any of several spiny treelike cacti belonging to the genus Opuntia, especially O. fulgida of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having knobby outgrowths and yellow spines.
- chola, cholla
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How to use cholla in a sentence
As they strolled through a cholla forest, one of the hikers discovered a chunk of cactus stuck to the tip of his shoe.How to remove cactus spines (including ones stuck in your throat) | Kate Baggaley | October 4, 2021 | Popular-Science
The so-called jumping cholla doesn’t really jump, but once it catches onto you the barbed spines stay put.How to remove cactus spines (including ones stuck in your throat) | Kate Baggaley | October 4, 2021 | Popular-Science
Here and elsewhere in the Phoenix region, keep an eye out for teddy-bear cholla.
He had scratches on his wrist, maybe from a cholla cactus or from sleeping under a mesquite tree.
The dried heaps of cholla stirred as if unseen paws had pressed them.The Heart of the Desert | Honor Willsie Morrow
As they reached the open trail, thrush and to-hee fluttered from the cholla.The Heart of the Desert | Honor Willsie Morrow
cholla, a suburb of Catamarca, is inhabited wholly by Calchaqui Indians, a remnant of the original inhabitants of this region.
The designation “Cane Cacti” is also applied to the cholla in allusion to their stems, from which cactus canes are manufactured.The Fantastic Clan | John James Thornber
The fruit becomes dry after ripening, and like many a cholla fruit remains green upon the plant for a year or even longer.The Fantastic Clan | John James Thornber
British Dictionary definitions for cholla
any of several spiny cacti of the genus Opuntia that grow in the southwestern US and Mexico and have cylindrical stem segments: See also prickly pear
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