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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.]


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]


(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]
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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
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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.
Manhattan, the night-blooming cereus, was beginning to unfold its dead-white, heavy-odoured petals.
Isolation of Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus cereus from bakery equipments conforms to the work of (Viljoen and Von Holy, 1997) that isolated Bacillus species from equipment surfaces, air, raw materials, and hands of workers, and (Nasir and Islam, 2007) who isolated Bacillus and Staphylococcus from bakery foods in Bangladesh.
Stress responses are addressed in Bacillus cereus, salmonella, streptococcus, and yeast, mycoplasmas, and the human malaria parasite, to name a few.
The BLAST analysis of the sequence data shows 99% similarity with Bacillus cereus.
Pharmaceutical firm Bristol-Myers Squibb is investigating a small leak that could have led to the bacteria Bacillus cereus appearing on the line for Viaspan solution.
Our case (1) of rapidly progressive, fatal pneumonia caused by a strain of Bacillus cereus containing genes encoding anthrax toxin and other virulence factors has many similarities to those reported in the Sverdlovsk series.
The researchers tested coriander oil against 12 bacterial strains, including Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica, Bacillus cereus and meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Food borne pathogens such as Pseudomonas lundensis, Bacillus cereus, Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus flavus are widely distributed in nature causing considerable mortality and morbidity in the population.
Bacillus cereus is one of the pathogens responsible for human diarrhoea, and source of infestation is mainly due to consumption of contaminated food.