- Rom. Myth. the goddess of agriculture, daughter of Ops and Saturn: identified with the Greek Demeter
- Astron. the first asteroid discovered (1801), and the largest (c. 1,000 km or 621 mi in diameter)
L: see cereal
See Ceres in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- Roman Mythology The goddess of agriculture.
- 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.
Origin: Latin Cerēs; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots
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