Part of speech: noun

A green, fleshy, spiny plant. See illus, in following column.

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Usage examples "cactus":

  1. She felt that in piecing together and sketching as accurately as possible the cactus- like branch of the little plant engraved on the broken vase, she was actually helping to forge a link in one of the minute chains of Egyptian archaeology. - "There was a King in Egypt", Norma Lorimer.
  2. It was stationary for a moment, through sudden abatement of breeze, which sufficed to firmly entangle the string with a cactus plant on top of the opposite house. - "Autobiography of a YOGI", Paramhansa Yogananda.
  3. He was galloping along at a fair speed when he saw immediately in front of him a couple of bad patches of low bisnaga cactus. - "The Boy With the U. S. Survey", Francis Rolt-Wheeler.