fishhook cactus

  1. a large cactus, Ferocactus wislizenii, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having hooked spines and red or yellow flowers.

Origin of fishhook cactus

An Americanism dating back to 1845–50

Words Nearby fishhook cactus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fishhook cactus in a sentence

  • Indians use the spines for fish-hooks, hence a common name, fishhook cactus, and the celebrated cactus candy is made from it.