- any of various plants of the genus Cereus, of the cactus family, having large, usually white, funnel-shaped flowers.
- any of several related, similar plants, especially of the genera Hylocereus, Nyctocereus, and Selenicereus.
Origin of cereus
Examples from the Web for cereus
Historical Examples of cereus
It is commonly known as the Opelet, and its scientific name is Anthea cereus.The Sea Shore
William S. Furneaux
It wouldn't seem like a year in our valley if we didn't see your cereus in bloom.The Brimming Cup
Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Grafted on to a Cereus or Opuntia it is healthier than when on its own roots.
Some of the kinds thrive best when grafted on to a thin-stemmed Cereus.
This species resembles some of the angular-stemmed kinds of Cereus.
- any tropical American cactus of the genus Cereus, esp C. jamacaru of N Brazil, which grows to a height of 13 metres (40 feet)
- any of several similar and related cacti, such as the night-blooming cereus
Word Origin for cereus
cactus genus, 1730, from Latin cereus "waxen, waxy," from cera "wax" (see cere (n.)). So called from its shape, which suggests a candle.