- a tall, horizontally branched cactus, Carnegiea (or Cereus) gigantea, of Arizona and neighboring regions, yielding a useful wood and bearing an edible fruit: still locally common, though some populations have been reduced.
Origin of saguaro
Examples from the Web for saguaro
Those are saguaro cactuses…the big ones…birds make holes in them and build their nests inside.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
The little unincorporated community sits in a lonely stretch of hot desert amidst black rocks and saguaro cactuses.In Tiny Ajo, Arizona, Border Patrol Agents Are Living the Dream
Terry Greene Sterling
September 22, 2013
When fully grown, saguaro are 15 meters tall and weigh as much as 10 tons.Deserts
A. S. Walker
During his studies the appearance of the first white-wing preceded the opening of the first saguaro flower by two days.
The long beak apparently is used for nectar-feeding in flowers of the Saguaro Cactus.
Of the cactus family, the most conspicuous is the saguaro, or giant cactus, which frequently attains the height of fifty feet.Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania
Jewett Castello Gilson
At last the older boy said, "I will turn into a saguaro, so that I shall live forever and bear fruit every summer."Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest
Katharine Berry Judson
- a giant cactus, Carnegiea gigantea, of desert regions of Arizona, S California, and Mexico, having white nocturnal flowers and edible red pulpy fruits
Word Origin and History for saguaro
type of large branching columnar cactus of the North American desert, 1856, from Mexican Spanish, from a native name of unknown origin, perhaps from Yaqui (Sonoran).