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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
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.
Bacillus cereus causes foodborne illness that is characterized by vomiting because of production of emetic toxin and diarrhea because of production of enterotoxin (1).
Bacillus cereus can cause a gastrointestinal illness that includes vomiting or diarrhea.
Fecal swabs taken postmortem revealed the presence of Bacillus cereus, a well-known food-borne pathogen that produces toxins, in his system.
An autopsy revealed he had died suddenly from food poisoning caused by a bacteria called bacillus cereus which is a spore forming bacteria that produces toxins, causing vomiting and diarrhea.
There are germs, including bacteria salmonella, botulinum, norwalk virus, bacillus cereus, sapovirus, astrovirus, compylobacter, chemicals, pesticides and other toxins and colouring agents.
Consortium was prepared from Bacillus cereus (Acc KF859972), Bacillus altitudinis(Acc KF859970), commomonas (Acc KF859971) belonging to family Comamonadaceae and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia (Acc KF859973).
The genotypic identification result designates that isolated bacteria are actually part of Bacillus cereus (1P11, 1P12, 1P14, 1P15, 2P20, 2P23), Virgibacillus salarius (1P18) and Bacillus toyonensis (2P22).
The health ministry on Friday recalled a French creme dessert product after the bacillus cereus microbe was detected in one of the brand's products.