Translation of nopal in Spanish:

nopal

nopal, n.

Pronunciation /ˈnəʊp(ə)l//ˈnoʊpəl//ˈnəʊpal/

noun

Cooking Botany

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    nopal masculine
    • Cochineal - a red dye made from insects harvested from the nopal cactus - was the most lucrative export item after silver that Spain extracted from Mexico during the colonial period.
    • The Aztecs cultivated cochineal, a tiny insect that lived on the native nopal cactus and produced a red dye that was the brightest and strongest color Europe had ever seen.