night-blooming cereus


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night-bloom·ing cereus

(nīt′blo͞o′mĭng)
n.
Any of various night-blooming cacti of the genera Hylocereus, Peniocereus, and Selenicereus, having large fragrant flowers.
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night-blooming cereus

n
(Plants) any of several cacti of the genera Hylocereus, Selenicereus, etc, having large fragrant flowers that open at night
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night′-bloom`ing ce′reus



n.
any of various cacti, as of the genera Hylocereus, Peniocereus, Nyctocereus, and Selenicereus, having large, usu. white flowers that open at night.
[1800–10]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.night-blooming cereus - any of several night-blooming cacti of the genus Selenicereusnight-blooming cereus - any of several night-blooming cacti of the genus Selenicereus
cactus - any succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World and usually having spines
genus Selenicereus, Selenicereus - mostly epiphytic climbing cacti that bloom at night
queen of the night, Selenicereus grandiflorus - tropical American climbing cactus having triangular branches; often cultivated for its large showy night-blooming flowers followed by yellow red-streaked fruits
2.night-blooming cereus - any of several cacti of the genus Hylocereus
cactus - any succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World and usually having spines
genus Hylocereus, Hylocereus - genus of climbing or epiphytic tropical American cacti with angular stems and mostly white very fragrant flowers
3.night-blooming cereus - any of several cacti of the genus Cereus
cactus - any succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World and usually having spines
Cereus, genus Cereus - genus of much-branched treelike or shrubby cacti with pronounced ribs and rounded needlelike spines and nocturnal flowers usually white
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References in classic literature ?
Manhattan, the night-blooming cereus, was beginning to unfold its dead-white, heavy-odoured petals.
"It was almost 11 o'clock, and it was raining and nobody else was out " and I just got the impression he just wanted to share it with someone," Randall said in an interview."It really shimmered with potential for surprise." It turned out to be a night-blooming cereus, a blanket term for around a dozen species of cactuses that produce flowers that only bloom at night.
They range from an exquisite night-blooming cereus to an arrangement of spent orchid petals organized in a grouping called "Orchids Squared."
In opera, he is particularly remembered for his collaboration with writer James Reaney, which resulted in a quartet of stage works: Night-blooming Cereus, The Shivaree, Crazy to Kill and Taptoo!