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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of plants of the Cactus family. They are natives of America, from California to Chili.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large genus of cactaceous plants, of the tropical and warm regions of America, including 200 species, 30 of which are found in the United States.
  • n. [lowercase] Any plant of the genus Cereus.
  • n. In zoology, a genus of sea-anemones, of the family Actiniidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. genus of much-branched treelike or shrubby cacti with pronounced ribs and rounded needlelike spines and nocturnal flowers usually white

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