cereus

[ seer-ee-uhs ]
/ ˈsɪər i əs /

noun, plural ce·re·us·es.

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.

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Origin of cereus

1720–30; <New Latin, Latin cēreus wax candle, noun use of cēreuscereous
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British Dictionary definitions for cereus

cereus
/ (ˈsɪərɪəs) /

noun

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

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