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 for Cereus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cereus \Ce"re*us\, n. [L., a wax candle, fr. cera wax. So named
     from the resemblance of one species to the columnar shape of
     a wax candle.] (Bot.)
     A genus of plants of the Cactus family. They are natives of
     America, from California to Chili.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: Although several species flower in the night, the name
           Night-blooming cereus is specially applied to the
           Cereus grandiflorus, which is cultivated for its
           beautiful, shortlived flowers. The Cereus giganteus,
           whose columnar trunk is sometimes sixty feet in height,
           is a striking feature of the scenery of New Mexico,
           Texas, etc.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Cereus
      n 1: genus of much-branched treelike or shrubby cacti with
           pronounced ribs and rounded needlelike spines and nocturnal
           flowers usually white [syn: Cereus, genus Cereus]

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