- a large Atlantic and Gulf Coast mackerel game fish, Scomberomorus regalis.
- any of various related fishes.
Origin of cero
1880–85, Americanism; alteration of sierra
- a combining form meaning “wax,” used in the formation of compound words: cerotype.
Also especially before a vowel, cer-.
Origin of cero-
< Greek kēro-, combining form of kērós wax
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Examples from the Web for cero
- a large spiny-finned food fish, Scomberomorus regalis, of warm American coastal regions of the Atlantic: family Scombridae (mackerels, tunnies, etc)
- any similar or related fish
C19: from Spanish: saw, sawfish, altered spelling of sierra
- indicating the use of waxceroplastic
from Greek kēros wax
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Word Origin and History for cero
word-forming element meaning "waxy," from Latinized form of Greek kero-, comb. form of keros (see cere (n.)).
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