[ seer-ee-uhs ]

noun,plural ce·re·us·es.
  1. any of various plants of the genus Cereus, of the cactus family, having large, usually white, funnel-shaped flowers.

  2. any of several related, similar plants, especially of the genera Hylocereus, Nyctocereus, and Selenicereus.

Origin of cereus

1720–30; <New Latin, Latin cēreus wax candle, noun use of cēreuscereous

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/ (ˈsɪərɪəs) /

  1. any tropical American cactus of the genus Cereus, esp C. jamacaru of N Brazil, which grows to a height of 13 metres (40 feet)

  2. any of several similar and related cacti, such as the night-blooming cereus

Origin of cereus

C18: from New Latin, from Latin cēreus a wax taper, from cēra wax

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