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Meaning of CEREUS

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  genus of much-branched treelike or shrubby cacti with pronounced ribs and rounded needlelike spines and nocturnal flowers usually white

CEREUS is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: genus Cereus
 See Also: Cactaceae, cactus family, caryophylloid dicot genus, family Cactaceae, night-blooming cereus



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ce"re*us\, n. [L., a wax candle, fr. cera wax. So named
from the resemblance of one species to the columnar shape of
a wax candle.] (Bot.)
A genus of plants of the Cactus family. They are natives of
America, from California to Chili.

Note: Although several species flower in the night, the name
      Night-blooming cereus is specially applied to the
      {Cereus grandiflorus}, which is cultivated for its
      beautiful, shortlived flowers. The {Cereus giganteus},
      whose columnar trunk is sometimes sixty feet in height,
      is a striking feature of the scenery of New Mexico,
      Texas, etc.