Ceres


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Ce·res

 (sîr′ēz)
n.
1. Roman Mythology The goddess of agriculture.
2. The closest dwarf planet to the sun, with an orbit between Mars and Jupiter. Ceres was the first object in the asteroid belt to be discovered.

[Latin Cerēs; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]

Ceres

(ˈsɪəriːz)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) the Roman goddess of agriculture. Greek counterpart: Demeter

Ceres

(ˈsɪəriːz)
n
(Celestial Objects) the smallest dwarf planet in the solar system, located in the asteroid belt. It has a diameter of 930 kilometres

Ce•res

(ˈsɪər iz)

n.
1. a Roman goddess of agriculture, identified with the Greek goddess Demeter.
2. an asteroid, the first to be discovered, being the largest and one of the brightest.

Ce·res

(sîr′ēz)
A dwarf planet that orbits the sun between Mars and Jupiter. Ceres was formerly classified as an asteroid and is located in the asteroid belt. It has a diameter of 580 miles (934 kilometers).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Ceres - (Roman mythology) goddess of agricultureCeres - (Roman mythology) goddess of agriculture; counterpart of Greek Demeter
Roman mythology - the mythology of the ancient Romans
2.Ceres - the largest asteroid and the first discovered
Translations

Ceres

[ˈsɪəriːz] nCerere f
References in classic literature ?
While thus he spake, th' Angelic Squadron bright Turnd fierie red, sharpning in mooned hornes Thir Phalanx, and began to hemm him round With ported Spears, as thick as when a field Of CERES ripe for harvest waving bends Her bearded Grove of ears, which way the wind Swayes them; the careful Plowman doubting stands Least on the threshing floore his hopeful sheaves Prove chaff.
So again when Ceres fell in love with Iasion, and yielded to him in a thrice-ploughed fallow field, Jove came to hear of it before so very long and killed Iasion with his thunderbolts.
Mother Ceres was exceedingly fond of her daughter Proserpina, and seldom let her go alone into the fields.
Indeed, it is most probable that Ceres was then a thousand miles off, making the corn grow in some far distant country.
The child mustered all her strength, and gave one more scream, but was out of sight before Ceres had time to turn her head.
But my story must now clamber out of King Pluto's dominions, and see what Mother Ceres had been about, since she was bereft of her daughter.
It seemed so unaccountable, however, that the girl should have strayed over so many lands and seas (which she herself could not have traversed without the aid of her winged dragons), that the good Ceres tried to believe that it must be the child of some other parent, and not her own darling Proserpina, who had uttered this lamentable cry.
The pair of dragons must have had very nimble wings; for, in less than an hour, Mother Ceres had alighted at the door of her home, and found it empty.
All he had to shower was vegetables, and he showered them in a way that would have caused the goddess Ceres to be talked about.
Now we learn what patient periods must round themselves before the rock is formed; then before the rock is broken, and the first lichen race has disintegrated the thinnest external plate into soil, and opened the door for the remote Flora, Fauna, Ceres, and Pomona to come in.
He sacrifices not to Ceres and the Terrestrial Jove, but to the infernal Plutus rather.
That tribute, which it would seem nations must ever pay, by way of a weary probation, around the shrine of Ceres, before they can be indulged in her fullest favours, is in some measure exacted in America, from the descendant instead of the ancestor.