Any of various cacti of the genera Nopalea or Opuntia, including the prickly pear and similar species.(noun)
The fleshy, oval, edible pad of such a cactus.(noun)
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Use "nopal" in a sentence
"The nopal is a versatile and healthy vegetable both cooked and green."
"The edible nopal is actually the young, tender branch of a prickly pear plant."
"(The nopal is the cactus-like plant with roundish flat appendages full of stickers)."