prickly pear


noun
  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

1
First recorded in 1605–15

Words Nearby prickly pear

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How to use prickly pear in a sentence

  • It bears beautiful yellow blossoms in summer, after which comes the fruit, a prickly pear, not good to eat.

  • Near to the kopje there was a garden surrounded by low trees and a hedge of prickly pear.

    The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young
  • The little cottage was shut in on one side by a hedge of aloes and prickly pear and on the other by high cliffs and precipices.

    Napoleon's Young Neighbor | Helen Leah Reed
  • There was a prickly pear on top, the thorns of which caught him so that at first he could not extricate himself.

    Napoleon's Young Neighbor | Helen Leah Reed
  • There are no walls, but great hedges of aloe and prickly pear serve as a sterner landmark.

    The Isle of Unrest | Henry Seton Merriman

British Dictionary definitions for prickly pear

prickly pear

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

  2. the fruit of any of these plants

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