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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A very large cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) of the Sonoran Desert, having ribbed upward-curving branches, white funnel-shaped flowers, and edible red fruit.
  • noun The fruit of this cactus.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The giant cactus, Cereus giganteus, a columnar species from 25 to over 50 feet high, growing on stony mesas and low hills in Arizona and adjacent parts of Mexico.

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  • noun A large cactus in the genus Carnegiea, native to the Sonoran Desert and characterized by its "arms".

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

  • noun extremely large treelike cactus of desert regions of southwestern United States having a thick columnar sparsely branched trunk bearing white flowers and edible red pulpy fruit

Etymologies

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

[American Spanish saguaro, sahuaro, of Uto-Aztecan, perhaps Piman, origin.]

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From Mexican Spanish, from a Taracahitic Uto-Aztecan language, such as Mayo or Opata.

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