Search Result for "night-blooming cereus":
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NOUN (3)

1. any of several night-blooming cacti of the genus Selenicereus;

2. any of several cacti of the genus Hylocereus;

3. any of several cacti of the genus Cereus;

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3 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Night-blooming \Night"-bloom`ing\, a. Blooming in the night. [1913 Webster] Night-blooming cereus. (Bot.) See Note under Cereus. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster] 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, Texas, etc. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

night-blooming cereus n 1: any of several night-blooming cacti of the genus Selenicereus 2: any of several cacti of the genus Hylocereus 3: any of several cacti of the genus Cereus