from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A columnar cactus of the genus Cereus, the stems of some species of which have been used by the Indians for torches. Sometimes the name is extended to the whole genus.
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The plantation of Salem was in a region below the Pedro Plains in the parish of St. Elizabeth, where grow the aloe, and torch-thistle, and clumps of wood which alter the appearance of the plain from the South
The first was built in the lobe of a torch-thistle as thick as my leg; the second rested on a stalk of the opuntia, the Indian fig. Had the fierce armour of these two stout cactuses attracted the attention of the insect, which looked upon their tufts of spikes as furnishing a system of defence for its nest?