What does opuntia mean?

Definitions for opuntia

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word opuntia.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Opuntia, genus Opuntia(noun)

    large genus of cactuses native to America: prickly pears


  1. opuntia(Noun)

    A genus of flower, of which the only current member is the prickly pear.


  1. Opuntia

    Opuntia, also known as nopales or paddle cactus, is a genus in the cactus family, Cactaceae. Currently, only prickly pears are included in this genus of about 200 species distributed throughout most of the Americas. Chollas are now separated into the genus Cylindropuntia, which some still consider a subgenus of Opuntia. Austrocylindropuntia, Corynopuntia and Micropuntia are also often included in the present genus, but like Cylindropuntia they seem rather well distinct. Brasiliopuntia and Miqueliopuntia are closer relatives of Opuntia. The most commonly culinary species is the Indian Fig Opuntia. Most culinary uses of the term "prickly pear" refer to this species. Prickly pears are also known as "tuna", "nopal" or nopales, from the Nahuatl word nōpalli for the pads, or nostle, from the Nahuatl word nōchtli for the fruit; or paddle cactus. The genus is named for the Ancient Greek city of Opus where, according to Theophrastus, an edible plant grew which could be propagated by rooting its leaves.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Opuntia

    ō-pun′shi-a, n. a genus of cacti.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Opuntia

    A plant genus of the family CACTACEAE. Species with cylindrical joints are called Cholla; flat jointed ones are Prickly-pear.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of opuntia in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of opuntia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Images & Illustrations of opuntia

  1. opuntia

Translations for opuntia

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for opuntia »


Find a translation for the opuntia definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these opuntia definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"opuntia." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 24 Feb. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/opuntia>.

Are we missing a good definition for opuntia? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for opuntia:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.