Cereus meaning

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Any of various cacti that belong to or formerly belonged to the genus Cereus, such as a night-blooming cereus.
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Any of a genus (Cereus) of cactus, or any of a number of night-blooming varieties of other genera, native to the SW U.S. and Mexico.
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Any of the genus Cereus of plants of the cactus family, natives to the Americas, from California to Chile.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Cactaceae — certain columnar cactuses.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Sagartiidae — certain sea anemones.
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Origin of cereus

  • New Latin Cēreus genus name from Latin cēreus candle (from its shape) from cēra wax cerate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition