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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several spiny, shrubby, or treelike cacti of the genus Opuntia having cylindrical stem segments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several species of cactus in the genus Cylindropuntia, having very spiny, cylindrical stem segments.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Southwestern United States and Mexico, a name given to several species of Opuntia with stout cylindrical joints and abundant spines, such as O. prolifera, O. Bigelovii, and O. Cholla.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. arborescent cacti having very spiny cylindrical stem segments; southwestern United States and Mexico

Etymologies

American Spanish, from obsolete Spanish, upper part of the head, possibly from Old French cholle, round lump, head, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish. (Wiktionary)

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