American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several cacti, especially in the genera Ferocactus and Echinocactus, having unbranched, globular to columnar, ribbed spiny stems.
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GNU Webster's 1913
- n. any of several large cacti native to the southwestern U. S. and Mexico, having a short cylindrical form with deep vertical ribs and bearing sharp spines. They are classed in the genera Ferocactus and Echinocactus.
- n. a cactus of the genus Ferocactus: unbranched barrel-shaped cactus having deep ribs with numerous spines and usually large funnel-shaped flowers followed by dry fruits
- n. any cactus of the genus Echinocactus; strongly ribbed and very spiny; southwestern United States to Brazil
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