noun, plural ce·re·us·es.
Origin of cereus
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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.
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.