Definition of barrel cactus in US English:

barrel cactus


  • A spiny, ribbed cylindrical cactus.

    Ferocactus, Echinocereus, and other genera, family Cactaceae: numerous species, including the Arizona barrel cactus (F. wislizenii), with yellow, orange, or red flower

    • ‘He found a stick to use as a tool to knock open some barrel cactus so that he could eat the innards.’
    • ‘You'll traverse a series of high valleys, ravines, and washes filled with a variety of plants, including purple barrel cactus and stands of ocotillos.’
    • ‘There was neither road nor house, only a saguaro here, a barrel cactus there, a lot of sand underfoot, and even more sun overhead.’
    • ‘Saguaro grows here, along with numerous smaller cacti, including teddy-bear cholla, beaver-tail cactus, California barrel cactus, hedgehog cactus, and various prickly pear cacti.’
    • ‘Today visitors can find cactus ranging in price from $2 to $2,000, and in size from specimens of Frailea no bigger than a thumb to a 40-inch-diameter golden barrel cactus that's 100 years old.’