Any of several spiny, shrubby, or treelike cacti of the genus Opuntia having cylindrical stem segments.(noun)
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Use "cholla" in a sentence
"Cane cactus (Opuntia arborescens) — Cane or whip cactus (also known as cholla, candelabrum cactus, prickly pear, etc.) is scattered over the entire Chaco area."
"Residential development on bajadas is eliminating the habitat of bajadas-dependent species such as cholla cacti (Opuntia) and columnar cacti such as saguaro."
"I will your presence with songs like apples in a basket of straw, whispered dreams like rainfall on flowers, on cholla, on deserts, on the hungering sand."