cereus

noun
ce·​re·​us | \ ˈsir-ē-əs How to pronounce cereus (audio) \
plural cereus also cereuses

Definition of cereus

: any of various cacti (as of the genus Cereus) of the western U.S. and tropical America

Examples of cereus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At this ranch, massive cereus cactus spill out of their containers or reach thorny arms high into the sky. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 The results found all types of bacteria, like staphylococcus, streptococcus, bacillus cereus, and E. coli. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, 11 Oct. 2018 Recently plants and their harvests became marketed as dragon fruit and then gardeners began to realize this clinging vine often found in their yards is also called the night-blooming cereus. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of cereus

1731, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cereus

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, wax candle, from cera wax — more at cerumen

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Cite this Entry

“Cereus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cereus. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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