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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cactus(noun)

    any succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World and usually having spines

Wiktionary

  1. cactus(Noun)

    Any member of the family Cactaceae, a family of flowering New World succulent plants suited to a hot, semi-desert climate.

  2. cactus(Noun)

    Any succulent plant with a thick fleshy stem bearing spines but no leaves, including euphorbs.

  3. cactus(Adjective)

    Non-functional, broken, exhausted.

  4. Origin: cactus, from κάκτος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cactus(noun)

    any plant of the order Cactacae, as the prickly pear and the night-blooming cereus. See Cereus. They usually have leafless stems and branches, often beset with clustered thorns, and are mostly natives of the warmer parts of America

  2. Origin: [L., a kind of cactus, Gr. .]

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  1. Cactus

    A cactus is a member of the plant family Cactaceae, within the order Caryophyllales. The word "cactus" derives, through Latin, from the Ancient Greek κάκτος, a name originally used for a spiny plant whose identity is not certain. Cacti are native to the Americas, ranging from Patagonia in the south to parts of western Canada in the north—except for Rhipsalis baccifera, which also grows in Africa and Sri Lanka. Most cacti live in habitats subject to at least some drought. Many live in extremely dry environments, even being found in the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on earth. Cacti show many adaptations to conserve water. Most species of cacti have lost true leaves, retaining only spines, which are highly modified leaves. As well as defending against herbivores, spines help prevent water loss by reducing air flow close to the cactus and providing some shade. Cactus spines are produced from specialized structures called areoles, a kind of highly reduced branch. Areoles are an identifying feature of cacti. As well as spines, areoles give rise to flowers, which are usually tubular and multipetaled. In the absence of leaves, enlarged stems carry out photosynthesis. Unlike many other succulents, the stem is the only part of most cacti where this vital process takes place. Cactus stems also store water, and are often ribbed or fluted, which allows them to expand and contract easily. Cacti occur in a wide range of shapes and sizes. The tallest free-standing cactus is Pachycereus pringlei, with a maximum recorded height of 19.2 m, and the smallest is Blossfeldia liliputiana, only about 1 cm in diameter at maturity. The smaller cacti usually have globe-shaped stems, combining the highest possible volume with the lowest possible surface area. Many cacti have short growing seasons and long dormancies, and are able to react quickly to any rainfall, helped by an extensive but relatively shallow root system. A fully grown saguaro is said to be able to absorb as much as 200 US gallons of water during a rainstorm.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cactus

    kak′tus, n. an American plant, generally with prickles instead of leaves.—adj. Cactā′ceous, pertaining to or like the cactus. [Gr., a prickly plant found in Sicily.]

Editors Contribution

  1. cactus

    A type and species of plant that produces a fruit and is created and cultivated in various colors, shapes and sizes.

    Cactus is a popular plant in some countries and is used for ornamental purposes, edible human food, animal fodder, alcohol and other purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 12, 2016  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of CACTUS in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of CACTUS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of CACTUS in a Sentence

  1. Surfside Police Detective Marian Cruz:

    [ He said ] he collects cactus plants, and that was his excuse.

  2. Demetri Martin:

    I bought a cactus. A week later it died. And I got depressed, because I thought, Damn. I am less nurturing than a desert.

  3. Surfside Police Detective Marian Cruz:

    She noticed that the subject was attaching a cactus plant to the roof of his vehicle, this is not something Surfside Police see all the time.

  4. Chris Iannetta:

    Phoenix is a very unique area for baseball—you have the opportunity to play your entire Cactus League season and only have to drive about 45 minutes, all the teams are centrally located, so it’s a cool atmosphere to play baseball.

  5. Enid Bagnold:

    Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it's the answer to everything. To Why am I here? To uselessness. It's the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it's a cactus.

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