Having characteristics of a cactus

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  • 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

  • desert — desert1 desertic /di zerr tik/, adj. desertlike, adj. /dez euhrt/, n. 1. a region so arid because of little rainfall that it supports only sparse and widely spaced vegetation or no vegetation at all: The Sahara is a vast sandy desert. 2. any area …   Universalium

  • Euphorbiaceae — ▪ plant family       spurge family of flowering plants, in the order Malpighiales, containing some 7,500 species in 275 genera. Many members are important food sources; others are useful for their waxes and oils and as a source of medicinal… …   Universalium

  • Gentianales — ▪ plant order Introduction   gentian order of flowering plants, consisting of 5 families with more than 1,100 genera and nearly 17,000 species. The families are Gentianaceae, Rubiaceae, Apocynaceae (including Secamonoideae and Asclepiadoideae),… …   Universalium

  • cactusy — adjective cactuslike The spines on aloe vera look cactusy, but they are really faux spines and not likely to prick you at all …   Wiktionary

  • desert — I n 1. barrens, Sahara, dust bowl; wasteland, waste, wilderness, wild, no man s land; moor, heath, tundra, veldt, steppe, savanna, plain. adj 2. desolate, barren, bare, devoid, empty, destitute, poor, deficient; uncultivable, uncultivatable,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • stapelia — [stə pē′lē ə, stəpēl′yə] n. [ModL, after Jan Bode van Stapel (died 1636), Du botanist and physician] any of a genus (Stapelia) of cactuslike African plants of the milkweed family, with large, star shaped, bad smelling, yellowish or purple flowers …   English World dictionary

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