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any of numerous succulent plants of the family Cactaceae, of warm, arid regions of the New World, having fleshy, leafless, usually spiny stems, and typically having solitary, showy flowers.
Contemporary Examples

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Into the Heart of Turkey Sophie Menin September 27, 2010

Historical Examples

Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
Gigolo Edna Ferber
Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
We Two Edna Lyall
The Boy Scouts of the Air in Indian Land Gordon Stuart
Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow

noun (pl) -tuses, -ti (-taɪ)
any spiny succulent plant of the family Cactaceae of the arid regions of America. Cactuses have swollen tough stems, leaves reduced to spines or scales, and often large brightly coloured flowers
cactus dahlia, a double-flowered variety of dahlia


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