from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of cactaceous plants, globose or oval, and sometimes gigantic, strongly ribbed, or with tubercles in vertical or spiral rows.

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  • noun any cactus of the genus Echinocactus; strongly ribbed and very spiny; southwestern United States to Brazil


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  • The echinocactus, or bisnaga, is also called "The Well of the Desert."

    Arizona Sketches 1887

  • Francois said he _had_ noticed it a little before; but it had only slightly arrested his attention, as he supposed it to be a tuft of the dry grass or a globe-cactus (_echinocactus_) -- a species of which they had seen much of late, and to which it bore a considerable resemblance.

    The Boy Hunters Mayne Reid 1850

  • Mezquite, juniper, and "black-jack" oaks grow in groves or spinneys; while standing apart may be observed the arborescent jucca -- the "dragon-tree" of the Western world, towering above an underwood unlike any other, composed of _cactaceae_ in all the varieties of cereus, cactus, and echinocactus.

    The Death Shot A Story Retold Mayne Reid 1850


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