Definition of cerastium in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪˈrastɪəm/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun (plural cerastiums)

A plant of a genus that includes chickweed and snow-in-summer.
  • Genus Cerastium, family Caryophyllaceae.
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.


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

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