Definition of pope's head in English:

pope's head


  • Chiefly Caribbean. Any of several melon cacti (genus Melocactus), which bear their flowers on a woolly terminal structure; especially M. intortus, a native of the West Indies (also called Turk's cap, Turk's head).


Late 17th century; earliest use found in Lionel Wafer (d. 1705), surgeon and buccaneer. From the genitive of pope + head.


pope's head

/ˈpəʊps hɛd/