barrel cacti
barrel cactus ar"rel cac"tus (b[a^]r"r[e^]l k[a^]k"t[u^]s), n.; pl. {barrel cacti} (b[a^]r"r[e^]l k[a^]k"t[imac]). any of several large cacti native to the southwestern U. S. and Mexico, having a short cylindrical form with deep vertical ribs and bearing sharp spines. They are classed in the genera {Ferocactus} and {Echinocactus}. [PJC]

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  • barrel cactus — ar rel cac tus (b[a^]r r[e^]l k[a^]k t[u^]s), n.; pl. {barrel cacti} (b[a^]r r[e^]l k[a^]k t[imac]). any of several large cacti native to the southwestern U. S. and Mexico, having a short cylindrical form with deep vertical ribs and bearing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barrel cactus — any of several large, cylindrical, ribbed, spiny cacti of the genera Echinocactus and Ferocactus. [1880 85, Amer.] * * * ▪ plant  name for a group of more or less barrel shaped cacti, family Cactaceae, native to North and South America. It is… …   Universalium

  • barrel cactus — noun Date: 1881 any of a genus (Ferocactus) of nearly globular deeply ribbed spiny cacti of Mexico and the adjacent United States; also any of several similar cacti (genus Echinocactus) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • barrel cactus — bar′rel cac tus n. pln any of several large, cylindrical, ribbed, spiny cacti of the genera Echinocactus and Ferocactus[/ex] • Etymology: 1880–85, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • cactus — cactuslike, cactoid, adj. /kak teuhs/, n., pl. cacti / tuy/, cactuses, cactus. any of numerous succulent plants of the family Cactaceae, of warm, arid regions of the New World, having fleshy, leafless, usually spiny stems, and typically having… …   Universalium

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