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nopal

[ noh-puhl, noh-pahl, -pal ]
/ ˈnoʊ pəl, noʊˈpɑl, -ˈpæl /
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noun
any of several cacti of the genus Nopalea, resembling the prickly pear.
the fruit of such a cactus, or of a similar cactus, as the prickly pear.
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Origin of nopal

1720–30; <Mexican Spanish <Nahuatl nohpalli
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British Dictionary definitions for nopal

nopal
/ (ˈnəʊpəl) /

noun
any of various cactuses of the genus Nopalea, esp the red-flowered N. cochinellifera, which is a host plant of the cochineal insect
a cactus, Opuntia lindheimeri, having yellow flowers and purple fruitsSee also prickly pear

Word Origin for nopal

C18: from Spanish, from Nahuatl nopálli cactus
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