- any cactus of the genus Opuntia, esp prickly pear, having fleshy branched stems and green, red, or yellow flowers
Word Origin for opuntia
Examples from the Web for opuntia
Historical Examples of opuntia
You know that Henslow has described a new Opuntia from the Galapagos.More Letters of Charles Darwin
The fruit of the Opuntia cactus, of which there are about two hundred species.Original Narratives of Early American History
Vaca and Others
A closely-related species is known as tassajo (Opuntia sponsior).
Cholla (Opuntia fulgida) ranges from Nevada southward into Mexico.
Grafted on to a Cereus or Opuntia it is healthier than when on its own roots.Cactus Culture For Amateurs