- cloth coated or impregnated with wax so as to be waterproof, formerly used for wrapping the dead, for bandages, etc.
- a piece of such cloth.
Origin of cerecloth
1400–50; late Middle English; earlier cered cloth; see cere2
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Examples from the Web for cerecloth
Not a star sparkled in the sky, which was black as ink; nature seemed covered with a cerecloth; all presaged an approaching storm.The Prairie Flower
So to bed, and there had a cerecloth laid to my foot and leg alone, but in great pain all night long.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
The best is a sort of cerecloth which he prepares specially with a very fine material.The Mason-bees
J. Henri Fabre
- waxed waterproof cloth of a kind formerly used as a shroud
C15: from earlier cered cloth, from Latin cērāre to wax; see cere ²
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