Definition of "cactus" [cac•tus]

  • Any of various succulent, spiny, usually leafless plants native mostly to arid regions of the New World, having variously colored, often showy flowers with numerous stamens and petals. (noun)
  • Any of several similar plants. (noun)

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Use "cactus" in a sentence
  • "This brain cactus is another of the plant species found in the botanical gardens in Phoenix, one of the most peaceful environments that I know."
  • "A novelty to foreign visitors, the cactus is as common on the Mexican plate as potatoes or rice in many other parts of the world."
  • "The prickley pear cactus is in bloom and besides their beauty, quail and javalina love to feed on their blossoms."