prickly pear: Meaning and Definition of

prick'ly pear'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. any of numerous cacti of the genus Opuntia, having flattened, usually spiny stem joints, yellow, orange, or reddish flowers, and ovoid, often edible fruit.
  2. the usually prickly fruit of such a cactus.
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