(Ce"re*ous) a. [L. cereus, fr. cera was.] Waxen; like wax. [Obs.] Gayton.
(Ce"res) n. [L., Ceres, also corn, grain, akin to E. create.]
1. (Class. Myth.) The daughter of Saturn and Ops or Rhea, the goddess of corn and tillage.
2. (Actron.) The first discovered asteroid.
(Cer"e*sin) n. [L. cera wax.] (Chem.) A white wax, made by bleaching and purifying ozocerite,
and used as a substitute for beeswax.
(||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.
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,
(Cer"i*al) a. Same as Cerrial. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Ce*rif"er*ous) a. [L. ra wax + -ferous.] Producing wax.
(Ce"rin) n. [L. cera wax + -in: cf. L. cerinus wax-colored.]
1. (Chem.) A waxy substance extracted by alcohol or ether from cork; sometimes applied also to the
portion of beeswax which is soluble in alcohol. Watts.
2. (Min.) A variety of the mineral allanite.
(Ce*rin"thi*an), n. (Eccl. Hist.) One of an ancient religious sect, so called from Cerinthus,
a Jew, who attempted to unite the doctrines of Christ with the opinions of the Jews and Gnostics. Hook.
(Cer"iph) n. (Type Founding) One of the fine lines of a letter, esp. one of the fine cross strokes
at the top and bottom of letters. [Spelt also seriph.] Savage.