Melon cactus


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Melon cactus (Bot) A genus of cactaceous plants (Melocactus) having a fleshy and usually globose stem with the surface divided into spiny longitudinal ridges, and bearing at the top a prickly and woolly crown in which the small pink flowers are half concealed
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In literature:

We have examples of this in the starfishes, in the sea anemones, and in such plants as the melon cactus.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, October 1879" by Various