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Saguaro Cactus - How Do You Pronounce It?

It is Often Mispronounced!


Saguaro Cactus
© Judy Hedding
Saguaro is an Indian word. The correct pronunciation is "sah-wah-ro" or "suh-wah-ro." The formal name is Carnegiea gigantea. It was named for Andrew Carnegie.

About the spelling -- you might see an alternate speclling: sahuaro. That is not the official spelling, although everyone will understand to what you refer. You'll also see that alternate spelling used in various businesses, schools and organizations.

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