nopal definition

  • noun:
    • any one of various cacti for the genera Nopalea or Opuntia, such as the prickly pear and similar species.
    • The fleshy, oval, delicious pad of these a cactus.
    • A prickly pear cactus from the genus Opuntia, especially Opuntia cochinellifera.
    • A cactaceous plant (Nopalea cochinellifera), initially Mexican, where the cochineal insect nourishes, and from where its gathered. Title is sometimes given to various other species of CactaceƦ.
    • one of many cactaceous flowers which support the cochineal-insect. See cochineal, Nopalea, and Opuntia.
    • cactus having yellow flowers and purple fruits
    • some of a few cacti of the genus Nopalea resembling prickly pears

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