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Adjective & noun. Early 19th century.
[Latin cerealis pertaining to the cultivation of grain, from Ceres Roman goddess of agriculture.]
A adjective. Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of edible grain. E19
B1 noun. Any of the plants of the grass family Graminae which are cultivated for their edible seeds;
a grain used for human food. Usually in plural. M19
B2 noun. Food made from wheat, maize, or another grain (usually as a breakfast dish). L19
|Ceres in all her beauty on an Italian banknote|
There probably aren't many people whose breakfast cereal puts them in mind of the divine, but mine invariably does. Back in the day, I used to play a computer game called Caesar III which required you to manage a Roman city, part of which, naturally, involved placating the gods. One of those gods was Ceres, the goddess of agriculture and, I must admit, I always fancied her a bit - partly because I found out that it's from her name that we get the word cereal (I was a geek back then too), and partly because, as I discovered in my extra-gameular research, she did rather have a penchant for having her boobs hanging out in paintings. However, seeing as Ceres didn't ever reciprocate my admiration (I'm reminded of her indifference every time I sneeze with a mouthful of muesli), I realised I might have to set my sights a little lower. Still, it's an interesting etymology, right?
|Ceres - An Allegory of Summer|
Louis de Boullogne (1657-1733)
Do you like cereal?
Do you Ceres?
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