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English definition of “prickly pear”

prickly pear

noun [C]    
a type of cactus (= desert plant) that has oval fruit that can be eaten with sharp spines on themCommon plantsTypes of fruit
(Definition of prickly pear noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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