prickly pear

  1. any of numerous cacti of the genus Opuntia, having flattened, usually spiny stem joints, yellow, orange, or reddish flowers, and ovoid, often edible fruit.
  2. the usually prickly fruit of such a cactus.

Origin of prickly pear

First recorded in 1605–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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prickly pear

  1. any of various tropical cacti of the genus Opuntia, having flattened or cylindrical spiny joints and oval fruit that is edible in some speciesSee also cholla, nopal (def. 2)
  2. the fruit of any of these plants
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