Definition of saguaro in English:


(also saguaro cactus)


  • A giant cactus which can grow to 20 metres in height and whose branches are shaped like candelabra, native to the south-western United States and Mexico. The edible fruit was formerly a source of food and drink.

    Carnegiea gigantea, family Cactaceae

    • ‘Rising above them, mountains climbed past saguaro and organ pipe cactus to fields of snow so peaceful that he kept riding only to reach them as the trail ascended toward the distant passes.’
    • ‘The smell of creosote bush after rain, the columnar saguaro, the lime green palo verde tree - this is my landscape.’
    • ‘‘It's during the hottest and driest time of the year that the saguaro actually start producing fruit,’ he says.’
    • ‘I grew up in Arizona and learned to love saguaros, palo verdes and desert vistas.’
    • ‘The wind rustles the brittle-bush and whispers its way though the clustered needles of saguaros, the hallmark cactus of the Sonoran Desert.’
    • ‘To give some perspective on the desert's time frame, it takes a saguaro 10 years to grow its first 1 1/2 inches.’
    • ‘The bark on saguaros and many other species of columnar cacti is usually a dark brown to black color.’
    • ‘During this period, the species feeds on the nectar and pollen of flowering saguaros and organ pipe cactus, contributing to the successful pollination of these succulents.’
    • ‘He lay in the shade of a giant saguaro while the mare stood nearby.’
    • ‘The giant saguaro cactus is evoked by five tall figures.’
    • ‘The mushroom cloud diminished until it was no bigger than a man-sized saguaro, a desert cactus.’
    • ‘To me, a forest of giant saguaro cacti is more familiar and comprehensible than a grove of river birches.’
    • ‘Being in the desert was a new experience for me, a native Westerner who had never seen birds nesting in a saguaro nor tasted a prickly pear margarita.’
    • ‘Strolling through the mostly outdoor museum is like taking a desert hike among the saguaro cacti - with drinking fountains everywhere.’
    • ‘In addition, few cacti should show extensive surface injuries if saguaros live for long time periods.’
    • ‘Losses such as these severely affect populations of long-lived species like saguaros and desert tortoises, Schwalbe said.’
    • ‘The phrase ‘lush desert’ may reek of oxymoron, but in springtime the Sonoran - with its massive saguaros and organ-pipe cacti, as well as Mexican gold poppies, magenta owl clover, and indigo desert lupine - is just that.’
    • ‘There was neither road nor house, only a saguaro here, a barrel cactus there, a lot of sand underfoot, and even more sun overhead.’
    • ‘We are rich with saguaros, prickly pear, and cholla cacti, and palo verde, and mesquite trees.’
    • ‘The landscape is totally different from that of the area surrounding the resorts, with a wide variety of spectacular plant life, including the saguaro cacti and century plants.’


Mid 19th century: from Mexican Spanish.