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cerate

[seer-eyt] /ˈsɪər eɪt/
noun
1.
Pharmacology. an unctuous, often medicated, preparation for external application, consisting of lard or oil mixed with wax, rosin, or the like, especially one that has a firmer consistency than a typical ointment and does not melt when in contact with the skin.
adjective
2.
Also, cerated. Ornithology. having a cere.
Origin of cerate
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin cērātum, neuter of cērātus (past participle of cērāre to cover or smear with wax), equivalent to cēr(a) wax + -ātus -ate1; compare Greek kērōtḗn in same sense
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cerate

/ˈsɪərɪt; -reɪt/
noun
1.
a hard ointment or medicated paste consisting of lard or oil mixed with wax or resin
Word Origin
C16: from Latin cērātum, from cēra wax
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