cactus

Definitions

  • Went over in the Sand and Struck his Pants on a Cactus 233
    Went over in the Sand and Struck his Pants on a Cactus 233
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cactus any succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World and usually having spines
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Saguaro Cactus, found in South-western United States does not grow branches until it is 75 years old.
    • n Cactus (Bot) Any plant of the order Cactacæ, as the prickly pear and the night-blooming cereus. See Cereus. They usually have leafless stems and branches, often beset with clustered thorns, and are mostly natives of the warmer parts of America.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The age of a saguaro cactus is calculated by its height
    • n cactus The old and Linnean name for the group of plants, considered a single genus, which now form the order Cactaceæ. In popular use the name (with its plural cacti) is still applied to members of this order without distinction. The cochineal cactus is the Opuntia Tuna, Nopalea cochinillifera, and other species cultivated for the cochineal insect; the hedgehog cactus, species of Echinocactus; the melon or melon-thistle cactus, species of Melocactus; the nipple cactus, species of Mamillaria; the night-blooming cactus (or night-blooming cereus), Cereus grandiflorus, and other species; the old-man cactus, Cereus senilis, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are over 2,000 different species of cactuses
    • n Cactus kak′tus an American plant, generally with prickles instead of leaves
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Quotations

  • Will Foley
    Will Foley
    “The world is full of cactus, but we don't have to sit on it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a kind of cactus, Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr., a prickly plant found in Sicily.

Usage

In literature:

Here and there a cactus plant thrust spiny arms into the air.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
There was much cactus.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
It was dotted with mesquite, sage, and here and there the thorny blade of a cactus rose.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The Mexicans, as you know, depict upon their banners an eagle sitting upon a cactus and tearing a serpent.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Once up, Slone found himself upon a wide, barren plateau of glaring red rock and clumps of greasewood and cactus.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
Softly and deliberately Wilmshurst dropped to the earth, screened by the broad leaves of a cactus.
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
Half-withered cactus trees, the only plants which take root in the ungenial soil, impart no life to the dreary landscape.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Cactus and greasewood and mesquite, and for a change mesquite and greasewood and cactus!
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
There's nothin' there but sand an' cactus an' all that; a goat couldn't hardly keep body an' soul together.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
How long that stiff ascent took him he never knew, but at last he reached the summit and crept over its cactus-covered shoulder.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
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In poetry:

The cactus exhales
the moon
inhales and to this
there is no end
"Poem" by Ernesto Trejo
Out of destruction she comes to wrest
The juice from the cactus its harsh spine,
And until she, the destroyer, has been blest,
There will be no child, no flower, and no wine.
"(From) The Invocation to Kali " by May Sarton
Deep-hearted roses of the purple dusk
And lilies of the morn;
And cactus, holding up a slender tusk
Of fragrance on a thorn;
All heavy flowers, sultry with their musk,
Her presence puts to scorn.
"Snow And Fire" by Madison Julius Cawein
Till once, upon a rock's brown bosom,
Bright as a thorny cactus-blossom,
I saw a butterfly at rest;
Then first of both I felt the beauty;
The airy whim, the grim-set duty,
Each from the other took its best.
"The Nomades" by James Russell Lowell
The stage-driver was tellin’ when he hit the sagebrush flat
That’s south of Cactus Center, Bill jest wept behind his hat,
And he nearly went plum dotty, his joy was so intense,
At the prairie dogs a-scoldin’ behind each wire fence.
"The Cowboys Homing" by Arthur Chapman
Marigolds white and buttercups blue,
Lilies all dabbled with honey and dew,
The cactus that trails over trellis and wall,
Roses and pansies and violets - all
Make proper obeisance and reverent cheer
When into her garden steps Little-Oh-Dear.
"Little-Oh Dear" by Eugene Field

In news:

Ethel M's Holiday Cactus Garden.
Ethel M flips on switch at 19th Annual Holiday Cactus Lighting.
The Annual Holiday Cactus Lighting was held Tuesday night.
Posts Tagged 'Cactus Flower Cafe.
I have a medium-sized cactus that I've had on my patio since 2007.
Recorded partly in California and also in Memphis with Doug Easley at the board, Cactus is as close to an old-school country album as Fuck 's ever attempted.
Cactus Club puts the funk in Halloween.
Plant teacup succulents or cactuses, and you've got a modern indoor garden in miniature.
Diana Krall will be performing at The Riverside Theater, Monday at 7:30 p.m. 10 pm Saturday, the Cactus Club, 2496 S Wentworth Ave, $10.
Old Hohokam Stadium, Phoenix Municipal Stadium, and Scottsdale Stadium stand as the last of the original Cactus League stadiums.
The Molly Ringwalds at Glass Cactus in Grapevine , Texas.
Billboard Magazine has named Glass Cactus in Grapevine , Texas, a Top 25 Nightclub in North America.
Authorities say the Cactus Bar & Grill, at 404 S Wells St in downtown Chicago, was the target of the bomb plot.
News / Beyond Cactus This Week in Bad Publicity Photos.
Another indoor favorite in this climate is some variety of cactus.
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In science:

There is no reference at this meeting for the CACTUS telescope.
The Status of VHE Gamma-Ray Astronomy
CACTUS, PACT, and STACEE are examples of wavefront-sampling telescopes that use an array of mirrors to gather the Cherenkov radiation, measuring the arrival time and amplitude of the Cherenkov pulse at many distributed locations on the ground.
The Status of VHE Gamma-Ray Astronomy
CCATIE and MayaKranc both use the same computational framework (Cactus/Carpet [34–37]), but the evolution and analysis codes are separate.
The Current Status of Binary Black Hole Simulations in Numerical Relativity
Zlochower, XiRel: Standard Benchmarks for Numerical Relativity Codes Using Cactus and Carpet, Tech.
The Current Status of Binary Black Hole Simulations in Numerical Relativity
Our code is embedded in the Cactus parallelization framework , with time-stepping managed by the MoL (Method of Lines) thorn, which supports various explicit time-stepping algorithms.
Relativistic magnetohydrodynamics in dynamical spacetimes: A new AMR implementation
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