Definition of opuntia in English:

opuntia

noun

  • A cactus of a genus that comprises the prickly pears.

    • ‘In contrast to cultivated opuntias, wild opuntias generally do not develop young cladodes when extreme drought conditions prevail; this has been considered an avoidance strategy to prevent water loss.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin, a name given to a plant growing around Opus (stem Opunt-), a city in Locris in ancient Greece. The term was later used as a genus name.

Pronunciation:

opuntia

/ōˈpənSH(ē)ə/