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.
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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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
indicating the use of waxceroplastic
Word Origin for cero-
from Greek kēros wax
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word-forming element meaning "waxy," from Latinized form of Greek kero-, comb. form of keros (see cere (n.)).
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