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Origin and Meaning of Cereus

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ce"re*us
A genus of plants of the Cactus family. They are natives of America, from California to Chili.

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.

Etymology: L., a wax candle, fr. cera wax. So named from the resemblance of one species to the columnar shape of a wax candle

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  1. Genus of much-branched treelike or shrubby cacti with pronounced ribs and rounded needlelike spines and nocturnal flowers usually white
  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Cactaceae – certain columnar cactuses.
  2. A taxonomic genus within the family Sagartiidae – certain sea anemones.

Fun Facts about the name Cereus

  • When was the first name Cereus first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Cereus is Sunday, June 9th, 1940.
  • How unique is the name Cereus? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Cereus. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Cereus: Your name in reverse order is Suerec. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Esurce. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Cereus born Sep 14, 1926

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Mongolia approximately on 1300. Your profession was warrior, hunter, fisherman, and executor of sacrifices.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop self-love and ability to implant hope into hearts of people. Ambition - is not everything. True wealth is buried in your soul.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.