night-blooming cereus

noun
plural night-blooming cereus or night-blooming cereuses

Definition of night-blooming cereus

: any of several cacti with usually large, white, fragrant, night-blooming flowers: such as
a : a sprawling or climbing cactus (Selenicereus grandiflorus) found from Mexico to South America that has spiny, ribbed stems and pink to whitish spiny fruits
b : an erect or sprawling slender-stemmed, thorny cactus (Peniocereus greggii synonym Cereus greggii) that is native to the southwestern U.S. and adjacent parts of northern Mexico and has spiny red fruits
c : any of several cacti (genus Hylocereus) including one (Hylocereus undatus) cultivated especially for its usually pink- or red-skinned fruit — see dragon fruit
d : an epiphytic cactus (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) of Mexico and Central America that has flattened, leaflike stems with wavy edges and is often grown as a houseplant or garden plant

Note: The cacti known as "night-blooming cereus" are also known as Queens of the Night.

Examples of night-blooming cereus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tohono Chul botanical gardens, with the largest collection of night-blooming cereus in the world. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2020 To wit: after dark, the fragrance of night-blooming cereus and evening primrose dance with the aromas of acacia, creosote bush, mesquite, and chia to create the most inebriating olfactory cocktail. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 17 Jan. 2020 To wit: after dark, the fragrance of night-blooming cereus and evening primrose dance with the aromas of acacia, creosote bush, mesquite, and chia to create the most inebriating olfactory cocktail. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 17 Jan. 2020 To wit: after dark, the fragrance of night-blooming cereus and evening primrose dance with the aromas of acacia, creosote bush, mesquite, and chia to create the most inebriating olfactory cocktail. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 17 Jan. 2020 To wit: after dark, the fragrance of night-blooming cereus and evening primrose dance with the aromas of acacia, creosote bush, mesquite, and chia to create the most inebriating olfactory cocktail. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 17 Jan. 2020 For 364 nights a year, the night-blooming cereus looks like a withered cactus. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2020 To wit: after dark, the fragrance of night-blooming cereus and evening primrose dance with the aromas of acacia, creosote bush, mesquite, and chia to create the most inebriating olfactory cocktail. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 17 Jan. 2020 Catch the annual show at Tucson’s Tohono Chul botanical gardens, with the largest collection of night-blooming cereus in the world. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of night-blooming cereus

1799, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of night-blooming cereus was in 1799

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“Night-blooming cereus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/night-blooming%20cereus. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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