Definition of cereus
: any of various cacti (as of the genus Cereus) of the western U.S. and tropical America
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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.
So uncooked rice often contains spores (cells capable of reproducing quickly) of Bacillus cereus — a bacteria strand that can cause food poisoning — that can survive when rice is cooked.
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