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cereus

[seer-ee-uh s] /ˈsɪər i əs/
noun, plural cereuses.
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
1720-1730
1720-30; < Neo-Latin, Latin cēreus wax candle, noun use of cēreus cereous
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British Dictionary definitions for cereus

cereus

/ˈsɪərɪəs/
noun
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
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Latin cēreus a wax taper, from cēra wax
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Word Origin and History for cereus

Cereus

n.

cactus genus, 1730, from Latin cereus "waxen, waxy," from cera "wax" (see cere (n.)). So called from its shape, which suggests a candle.

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