1. [syn: Cereus, genus Cereus]
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2 definitions retrieved:
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Cereus \Ce"re*us\, n. [L., a wax candle, fr. cera wax. So named
from the resemblance of one species to the columnar shape of
a wax candle.] (Bot.)
A genus of plants of the Cactus family. They are natives of
America, from California to Chili.
Note: Although several species flower in the night, the name
Night-blooming cereus is specially applied to the
Cereus grandiflorus, which is cultivated for its
beautiful, shortlived flowers. The Cereus giganteus,
whose columnar trunk is sometimes sixty feet in height,
is a striking feature of the scenery of New Mexico,
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: genus of much-branched treelike or shrubby cacti with
pronounced ribs and rounded needlelike spines and nocturnal
flowers usually white [syn: Cereus, genus Cereus]