Opuntia

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Opuntia (ō·pn·shē·),

n a genus of cacti;
Opuntia vulgaris is used as a remedy in homeopathic medicine.

Opuntia

American plant genus in family Cactaceae; spines cause stomatitis; called also prickly pear.
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I could hardly believe my good fortune that he was alone, bedded, and facing the other direction with cholla cactus scattered sparingly around him.
The Cholla Cactus Garden is dazzling from any direction, but particularly backlit, when these Neapolitan-like cactus (they have lime green tops, rust-colored middles, and dark brown bases) dazzle with fire.
Unusual specimens include golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii), Cereus peruvianus, and cholla cactus (Opuntia echinocarpa).
8) A cholla cactus stands sentry over a deserted stretch of Route 66 between Oatman, Ariz.
The land includes 200,000 acres of habitat critical for the endangered desert tortoise, 150,000 acres for bighorn sheep and gardens of native Bigelow cholla cactus.