noun, plural (especially collectively) ce·ro, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) ce·ros.

a large Atlantic and Gulf Coast mackerel game fish, Scomberomorus regalis.
any of various related fishes.

Nearby words

  1. cernan,
  2. cernuda,
  3. cernuda, luis,
  4. cernuous,
  5. cernăuţi,
  6. cero-,
  7. ceroc,
  8. cerograph,
  9. cerographic,
  10. cerography

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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British Dictionary definitions for cero


noun plural -ro or -ros

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

Word Origin for cero

C19: from Spanish: saw, sawfish, altered spelling of sierra


combining form

indicating the use of waxceroplastic

Word Origin for cero-

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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