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cholla

[ chohl-yah, -yuh; Spanish chaw-yah ]
/ ˈtʃoʊl yɑ, -yə; Spanish ˈtʃɔ yɑ /
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noun, plural chol·las [chohl-yahz, -yuhz; Spanish chaw-yahs]. /ˈtʃoʊl yɑz, -yəz; Spanish ˈtʃɔ yɑs/.
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.
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Origin of cholla

First recorded in 1855–60, Americanism; from Mexican Spanish cholla “head” (perhaps from dialectal Old French cholle “ball,” from Germanic)

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cholla

chola, cholla
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British Dictionary definitions for cholla

cholla
/ (ˈtʃəʊljɑː, Spanish ˈtʃoʎa) /

noun
any of several spiny cacti of the genus Opuntia that grow in the southwestern US and Mexico and have cylindrical stem segmentsSee also prickly pear

Word Origin for cholla

Mexican Spanish, from Spanish: head, perhaps from Old French (dialect) cholle ball, of Germanic origin
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