cere

1
[seer]
noun Ornithology.
  1. 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
Related formscered, adjectivecere·less, adjective

cere

2
[seer]
verb (used with object), cered, cer·ing.
  1. Archaic. to wrap in or as if in a cerecloth, especially a corpse.
  2. Obsolete. to wax.

Origin of cere

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

Cer.E.

  1. Ceramic Engineer.
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cere

1
noun
  1. 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

cere

2
verb
  1. (tr) to wrap (a corpse) in a cerecloth

Word Origin for cere

C15: from Latin cērāre, from cēra wax
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Word Origin and History for cere
n.

late 15c., from French cire "wax" (12c.), from Latin cera "wax, wax seal, wax writing tablet," related to Greek keros "beeswax," of unknown origin.

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