cholla

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English[edit]

Cholla cactus

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Spanish.

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cholla (plural chollas)

  1. Any of several species of cactus in the genus Cylindropuntia, having very spiny, cylindrical stem segments.
    • 1889 January 26, “Archæological camping in Arizona”, in American Architect and Architecture, volume 52, page 43:
      Throughout Arizona the floors of such caves are found covered with a deep bed of chollas.
    • 1890 October 1, “A Series of Eggs of Palmer's Thrasher”, in The Ornithologist and Oölogist, volume 15, page 155:
      The cholla was two feet high, and six feet in diameter.
    • 2009 February 26, Karen Crouse, “Woods Returns as He Left: A Winner”, in New York Times[1]:
      On the front nine, Jones stuck to Woods like a cholla cactus.

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly from Old French cholle (head), from a Germanic origin (compare English keel).

Noun[edit]

cholla f (plural chollas)

  1. cholla (cactus)
  2. reason, understanding
  3. (colloquial) head

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