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cerasus is Latin (cherry) and for some authorities honours the city of Kerasoun in Asia Minor (today more familiar as Giresun in Turkey) — or even the reverse that Kerasoun was named after the cherry. [See Prunus cerasus, Prunus cerasus austera, Prunus cerasus marisco.]

Ceratophyllum [genus name] is derived from Greek -ceras (horn) and phyllo- (leaf) components, with reference to an antler-like appearance perceived in the submerged leaves.

In some countries, such as New Zealand where the plants have been known to choke the water in hydroelectric schemes, some of the species are considered to be invasive. [See Ceratophyllum.]

Ceratostigma [genus name] is derived from Greek -ceras (horn) with reference to the horn-like protruberances on the flower's female reproductive organ. [See Ceratostigma.]

Cercocarpus [genus name] is derived from Greek cerco- (tail) and carpo- (fruit) components with reference to the tail-like plume found on the fruit. [See Cercocarpus.]

cereale means 'of agriculture' (Ceres was the Roman corn goddess). [See Secale cereale.]

Cereus [genus name] is Latin (wax taper) with reference to the tall and narrow cylindrical shape of some of the species in this genus. [See Cereus.]

cerifera is derived from Greek cero- (wax, horn) and Latin -fer (bearing, carrying) components meaning 'wax-bearing'. [See Myrica cerifera.]

Cerinthe [genus name] is derived from Greek cero- (wax, horn) and anthos (flower) components with reference to the belief that bees gathered wax from the flowers.

Apparently it was once believed that bees obtained wax from honeywort (Cerinthe major) flowers. [See Cerinthe.]

cernua is Latin (face toward the ground, falling headlong) meaning 'drooping or nodding'. [See Bidens cernua.]

cernuum is Latin (face toward the ground, falling headlong) meaning 'drooping or nodding'. [See Allium cernuum.]


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