sa·gua·ro (sə-gwärō, -wärō)
n. pl. sa·gua·ros
1. A very large cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) of the Sonoran Desert, having ribbed upward-curving branches, white funnel-shaped flowers, and edible red fruit.
2. The fruit of this cactus.
[Mexican Spanish saguaro, sahuaro, from Mayo (Uto-Aztecan language of Sonora and adjacent regions of Mexico) saguo and Yaqui sauwo.]
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