• IPA: /ˈkæktəs/, /ˈkæktʊs/


  1. (botany) Any member of the family Cactaceae, a family of flowering New World succulent plants suited to a hot, semi-desert climate.
  2. Any succulent plant with a thick fleshy stem bearing spines but no leaves, such as euphorbs.
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cactus (not comparable)

  1. (Australia, NZ, slang) Non-functional, broken, exhausted, dead.
    • 2018"Fractured", Wentworth
      Michael Armstrong: "Michael Armstrong, I represent Sonia Stevens."
      Sue "Boomer" Jenkins: "Oh, haven't you heard? She cactus."
      Armstrong "Yes, I realize that, and that's a terrible business.
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Proper noun
  1. A city in Texas.
  2. An unincorporated community in California.

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