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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [chohl-yah, -yuh; Spanish chaw-yah]
    • /ˈtʃoʊl yɑ, -yə; Spanish ˈtʃɔ yɑ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [chohl-yah, -yuh; Spanish chaw-yah]
    • /ˈtʃoʊl yɑ, -yə; Spanish ˈtʃɔ yɑ/

Definitions of cholla word

  • noun cholla any of several spiny cacti of the genus Opuntia that grow in the southwestern US and Mexico and have cylindrical stem segments 3
  • noun cholla a spiny cactus (genus Opuntia) with cylindrical stems, growing in the SW U.S. and Mexico 3
  • noun plural cholla any of several spiny treelike cacti belonging to the genus Opuntia, especially O. fulgida of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having knobby outgrowths and yellow spines. 1
  • noun cholla A cactus with a cylindrical stem, native to Mexico and the southwestern US. 1
  • noun cholla Any of several species of cactus in the genus Cylindropuntia, having very spiny, cylindrical stem segments. 0

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Origin of cholla

First appearance:

before 1855
One of the 30% newest English words
1855-60, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish cholla head (perhaps < Old French (dial.) cholle ball < Gmc); see keel1

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cholla popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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