Queen of the Night

noun

variants or queen of the night or Queen of the Night cactus or queen of the night cactus
: night-blooming cereus
Perhaps the most popular night bloomers are the jasmine, like my neighbor's, or the night-blooming cereus, sometimes called "Queen of the Night" because of its showy, fragrant white flowers that only open at night.Jill Carroll
also : the usually large, white flower of a night-blooming cereus
Among the things that make it different from a daylight visit: night-blooming flowers, such as queen of the night, a white cactus blossom that unfolds when the sun goes down. Randy Cordova

Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Queen of the Night was in 1870

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Cite this Entry

“Queen of the Night.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Queen%20of%20the%20Night. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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