noun Etymology: Mexican Spanish, from Spanish, head Date: 1846 any of numerous shrubby opuntias chiefly of the southwestern United States and Mexico that have needlelike spines partly enclosed in a papery sheath and cylindrical joints — called also cholla cactus

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  • Cholla — can refer to the following things: Cholla cacti, a genus of cyllindrically stemmed cacti Cholla (horse), a painting horse born in Nevada Jeolla (Chŏlla), former Korean province Jeollabuk do (North Jeolla), province in the southwest of South Korea …   Wikipedia

  • cholla — 1. f. Entendimiento, juicio. 2. coloq. cabeza (ǁ parte superior del cuerpo) …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • cholla — ☆ cholla [chōl′yä, chō′yä ] n. [MexSp < Sp, lit., skull, head] a spiny cactus (genus Opuntia) with cylindrical stems, growing in the SW U.S. and Mexico …   English World dictionary

  • cholla — /chohl yah, yeuh/; Sp. /chaw yah/, n., pl. chollas /chohl yahz, yeuhz/; Sp. /chaw yahs/. any of several spiny treelike cacti belonging to the genus Opuntia, esp. O. fulgida of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having knobby outgrowths and yellow… …   Universalium

  • cholla — ► sustantivo femenino 1 ANATOMÍA coloquial Cabeza humana: ■ al salir del coche se dio un golpe en la cholla. 2 coloquial Inteligencia, entendimiento o talento. 3 Colombia, América Central Pereza, cachaza: ■ con esa cholla no va a conseguir… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • cholla — (Sp. model spelled same [t∫ója] head or good judgment, a popular and affective term of uncertain origin, perhaps from antiquated dialectal French cholle ball < Frankish keula mace [weapon])    California: 1846.    1) A common cactus, known for …   Vocabulario Vaquero

  • cholla — [ tʃɔɪə] noun a cactus with a cylindrical stem, native to Mexico and the south western US. [Genus Opuntia.] Origin C19: Mex. Sp. use of Sp. cholla skull, head …   English new terms dictionary

  • cholla — chol•la [[t]ˈtʃɔɪ ə[/t]] n. pl. las pln any of several cylindrical treelike cacti of the genus Opuntia, of Mexico and the southwestern U.S., having yellow spines • Etymology: 1855–60, amer.; < MexSp cholla head …   From formal English to slang

  • cholla — noun arborescent cacti having very spiny cylindrical stem segments; southwestern United States and Mexico • Syn: ↑Opuntia cholla • Hypernyms: ↑cactus • Member Holonyms: ↑Opuntia, ↑genus Opuntia …   Useful english dictionary

  • cholla — noun Any of several species of cactus in the genus Cylindropuntia, having very spiny, cylindrical stem segments …   Wiktionary

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