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ce·re·us

 (sîr′ē-əs)
n.
Any of various cacti that belong to or formerly belonged to the genus Cereus, such as a night-blooming cereus.

[New Latin Cēreus, genus name, from Latin cēreus, candle (from its shape), from cēra, wax; see cerate.]

cereus

(ˈsɪərɪəs)
n
1. (Plants) any tropical American cactus of the genus Cereus, esp C. jamacaru of N Brazil, which grows to a height of 13 metres (40 feet)
2. (Plants) any of several similar and related cacti, such as the night-blooming cereus
[C18: from New Latin, from Latin cēreus a wax taper, from cēra wax]

ce•re•us

(ˈsɪər i əs)

n., pl. -us•es.
any of various plants of the genus Cereus, of the cactus family, having large, usu. white, funnel-shaped flowers.
[1720–30; < New Latin, Latin cēreus wax candle cēra wax]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cereus - genus of much-branched treelike or shrubby cacti with pronounced ribs and rounded needlelike spines and nocturnal flowers usually whiteCereus - genus of much-branched treelike or shrubby cacti with pronounced ribs and rounded needlelike spines and nocturnal flowers usually white
caryophylloid dicot genus - genus of relatively early dicotyledonous plants including mostly flowers
Cactaceae, cactus family, family Cactaceae - constituting the order Opuntiales
night-blooming cereus - any of several cacti of the genus Cereus
References in classic literature ?
Manhattan, the night-blooming cereus, was beginning to unfold its dead-white, heavy-odoured petals.
One day, during her pilgrimage in quest of the entrance to Pluto's kingdom, she came to the palace of King Cereus, who reigned at Eleusis.
So Mother Ceres set her torch in a corner (where it kept burning all the while), and took up her abode in the palace of King Cereus, as nurse to the little Prince Demophoon.
The night-blooming cereus is native to the deserts and subtropics of the Southwest United States, the Antilles and Central and South America.
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (July 17) announced the results of a recently completed targeted food surveillance project on Bacillus cereus and Clostridium perfringens in ready-to-eat food.
Bacillus cereus is a gram-positive, spore-forming bacterium that is widespread in the environment.
The effects of pre-inoculation of oil palm seedlings with either Trichoderma harzianum and/or Bacillus cereus on their vegetative growth and the suppression of Ganoderma boninense were investigated.
Moreover, the organism was found genetically closer to Bacillus cereus than to Bacillus mycoides and Bacillus thuringiensis with respect to 16S rRNA gene sequence.