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cereus


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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, 
  Texas,  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Cereus 
  n  :  genus  of  much-branched  treelike  or  shrubby  cacti  with 
  pronounced  ribs  and  rounded  needlelike  spines  and 
  nocturnal  flowers  usually  white  [syn:  {Cereus},  {genus 
  Cereus}] 




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