Christmas cactus
noun Etymology: from its annual blooming around Christmastime Date: circa 1900 a branching Brazilian cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii syn. S. buckleyi) having flat jointed stems with scalloped margins and showy usually red, pink, white, violet, or yellow flowers; also a related cactus (Schlumbergera truncata syn. Zygocactus truncatus) or a hybrid of this and the Christmas cactus

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Christmas cactus — n. a common houseplant (Schlumbergera bridgesii) with flat, jointed, fleshy stems and red flowers that bloom around Christmas; crab cactus …   English World dictionary

  • Christmas cactus — laibasis lazduvis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Kaktusinių šeimos augalas (Cylindropuntia leptocaulis), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Cylindropuntia leptocaulis angl. Christmas cactus; Christmas cholla; desert Christmas… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Christmas cactus — a cactus, Schlumbergera bridgesii (or Zygocactus bridgesii), native to Brazil, having stems with leaflike segments and showy, purplish red flowers, and often cultivated as a houseplant. [1895 1900] * * * ▪ plant  (hybrid Schlumbergera × buckleyi) …   Universalium

  • Christmas cactus — kalėdinis plokštenis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Kaktusinių šeimos dekoratyvinis kultūrinis augalas (Schlumbergera ×buckleyi). atitikmenys: lot. Schlumbergera ×buckleyi angl. Christmas cactus šaltinis Valstybinės lietuvių kalbos… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Christmas cactus — noun epiphytic cactus of Brazilian ancestry widely cultivated as a houseplant having jointed flat segments and usually rose purple flowers that bloom in winter • Syn: ↑Schlumbergera buckleyi, ↑Schlumbergera baridgesii • Hypernyms: ↑cactus •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Christmas cactus — Christ′mas cac tus n. pln a cactus, Schlumbergera bridgesii, native to Brazil, having stems with leaflike segments and bearing showy usu. purplish red flowers • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang

  • Christmas cactus — noun a succulent South American plant with red, pink, or white flowers, grown as a house plant. [Schlumbergera bridgesii.] Origin so named because it flowers at about the northern midwinter …   English new terms dictionary

  • desert Christmas cactus — laibasis lazduvis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Kaktusinių šeimos augalas (Cylindropuntia leptocaulis), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Cylindropuntia leptocaulis angl. Christmas cactus; Christmas cholla; desert Christmas… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Christmas flowers — are the popular flowers used during the festive season of Christmas. In many nations, flowers and plants form a major part of the Christmas decoration. Poinsettia, Christmas cactus, holly, Christmas rose[disambiguation needed  ], ivy …   Wikipedia

  • Christmas plants — There are many different plants used around the world during the festive season of Christmas. There are Christmas flowers, as well as Christmas foods, and Christmas drinks that use traditional plants. There are also a wide variety of plants that… …   Wikipedia

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