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cactus

noun [C] uk   /ˈkæk.təs/ ( plural cacti   /ˈkæk.taɪ /   or cactuses) us  
any of many types of desert plant usually with sharp spines and thick stems for storing water
Translations of “cactus”
in Korean 선인장…
in Arabic نَبات الصَّبّار…
in French cactus…
in Turkish kaktüs, çölde yetişen dikenli bir bitki…
in Italian cactus…
in Chinese (Traditional) 仙人掌…
in Russian кактус…
in Polish kaktus…
in Spanish cactus…
in Portuguese cacto…
in German der Kaktus…
in Catalan cactus…
in Japanese サボテン…
in Chinese (Simplified) 仙人掌…
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