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Cactus meaning

cactus - 1 dictionary results

  1. 1. Any plant of the order Cactacae, as the prickly pear and the night- blooming cereus. See Cereus. They usually have leafless stems and branches, often beset with clustered thorns, and are mostly natives of the warmer parts of America.

cactus - examples of usage

  1. Actinomycosis is not infrequent in cattle in the Southwest and is generally supposed to be the result of eating the prickly fruit of the cactus plant, causing wounds of the mucous membrane and subsequent infection with the parasite. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  2. The plain, cactus- torn chaps, flannel shirt open at the sinewy throat, dusty, wide- brimmed hat, revolver peeping from its leather pocket on the thigh: every detail contributed to the impression of efficiency he created. - "Brand Blotters", William MacLeod Raine.
  3. How long that stiff ascent took him he never knew, but at last he reached the summit and crept over its cactus- covered shoulder. - "Brand Blotters", William MacLeod Raine.
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