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  • n. A plantation of nopal, for the purpose of raising the cochineal insect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plantation of the nopal for raising the cochineal insect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A plantation of nopals for rearing cochineal-insects. Such plantations often contain 50,000 plants.

Etymologies

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nopal +‎ -ry

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  • "The preferred host was Opuntia ficus-indica, but other opuntias were sometimes used, and all were susceptible to frost and rot. ... Nor was cochineal as onerous to collect as these Old World kermes reds. Still, harvesting cochineal was at best a tedious business, one that could last for days or weeks, depending on the size of the nopalry."

    Amy Butler Greenfield, A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire (New York: Harper Collins, 2005), 38.

    October 5, 2017