from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of plants of the natural order Cactaceæ, the cactus family, and the tribe Echinocacteæ.

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  • n. genus of strongly ribbed globose or spheroid cacti of tropical South and Central America and the Caribbean


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  • And here he will see only the sterile treeless plain; or, if trees meet his eye, they will be such as but strengthen the impression of sterility -- some scrambling mezquite bushes, clumps of cactaceae, perhaps the spheroidal form of a melocactus, or yucca, with its tufts of rigid leaves -- the latter resembling bunches of bayonets rising above the musket "stacks" on a military parade ground.

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