cere

1
[ seer ]
/ sɪər /

noun Ornithology.

a fleshy, membranous covering of the base of the upper mandible of a bird, especially a bird of prey or a parrot, through which the nostrils open.

Origin of cere

1
1480–90; earlier sere, spelling variant of *cere < Medieval Latin cēra literally, wax < Latin

OTHER WORDS FROM cere

cered, adjectivecere·less, adjective

Definition for cere (2 of 3)

cere2
[ seer ]
/ sɪər /

verb (used with object), cered, cer·ing.

Archaic. to wrap in or as if in a cerecloth, especially a corpse.
Obsolete. to wax.

Origin of cere

2
1375–1425; late Middle English ceren < Latin cērāre to wax, verbal derivative of cēra wax

Definition for cere (3 of 3)

Cer.E.

Ceramic Engineer.
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British Dictionary definitions for cere (1 of 2)

cere1
/ (sɪə) /

noun

a soft waxy swelling, containing the nostrils, at the base of the upper beak in such birds as the parrot

Word Origin for cere

C15: from Old French cire wax, from Latin cēra

British Dictionary definitions for cere (2 of 2)

cere2
/ (sɪə) /

verb

(tr) to wrap (a corpse) in a cerecloth

Word Origin for cere

C15: from Latin cērāre, from cēra wax
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