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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