the Latin name for Demeter; also the name of one of the asteroids, the first discovered, by Piazzi, in 1801.
Demeter (lit. Earth-mother), the great Greek goddess of the earth, daughter of Kronos and Rhea and sister of Zeus, and ranks with him as one of the twelve great gods of Olympus; is specially the goddess of agriculture, and the giver of all the earth's fruits; the Latins call her Ceres.
Others consider Deo, which is synonymous with Demeter, as connected with Sals and skivhi, and as derived from the Cretan word stjcu, barley, so that Demeter would be the mother or giver of barley or of food generally.
[ See: Ceres Grove ]