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tr.v. cered, cer·ing, ceres
To wrap in or as if in cerecloth.
[Middle English ceren, ciren, from Old French cirer, to cover with wax, from Latin cērāre; see cerate.]
A fleshy or waxlike membrane at the base of the upper beak in certain birds, such as parrots, through which the nostrils open.
[Middle English sere, from Old French cire, from Medieval Latin cēra, from Latin, wax; see cerate.]
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(Zoology) a soft waxy swelling, containing the nostrils, at the base of the upper beak in such birds as the parrot
[C15: from Old French cire wax, from Latin cēra]
(tr) to wrap (a corpse) in a cerecloth
[C15: from Latin cērāre, from cēra wax]
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a fleshy covering at the top of the beak of certain birds, as raptors or parrots, through which the nostrils open.
[1480–90; sere, sp. variant of *cere < Medieval Latin cēra literally, wax < Latin]
v.t. cered, cer•ing.
to wrap in or as if in a cerecloth.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin cērāre to wax, v. derivative of cēra wax]
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Past participle: cered
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|Noun||1.||cere - the fleshy, waxy covering at the base of the upper beak of some birds|
|Verb||1.||cere - wrap up in a cerecloth; "cere a corpse"|
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