Definition of cerastium in English:

cerastium

Line breaks: cer¦as|tium
Pronunciation: /sɪˈrastɪəm
 
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noun (plural cerastiums)

  • A plant of a genus that includes chickweed and snow-in-summer.
    • Genus Cerastium, family Caryophyllaceae
    More example sentences
    • The differences between the two genera are small, such as 5 styles for Cerastium and 3 styles for Stellaria.
    • The bee on the Cerastium looks like he has got onto a queen sized bed and is snuggling up into a white downy quilt.
    • Many species of Cerastium look alike and can be hard to differentiate.

Origin

modern Latin, from Greek kerastēs 'horned' (with reference to the shape of many seed capsules) + -ium.

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