cero

[ seer-oh ]

noun,plural (especially collectively) ce·ro, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) ce·ros.
  1. a large Atlantic and Gulf Coast game fish, Scomberomorus regalis, of the mackerel family.

  2. any of various related fishes.

Origin of cero

1
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; alteration of sierra

Words Nearby cero

Other definitions for cero- (2 of 2)

cero-

  1. a combining form meaning “wax,” used in the formation of compound words: cerotype.

Origin of cero-

2
<Greek kēro-, combining form of kērós wax
  • Also especially before a vowel, cer-.

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How to use cero in a sentence

  • It happened, however, to be a beautiful cero mackerel, one of the shapeliest and most attractive fish in these waters.

    Tales of Fishes | Zane Grey
  • I used the Sproat bend, No. 7-0, but 5-0 would be large enough for the average-sized cero.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others | James Alexander Henshall
  • Its cousin, the cero, is very similar in size and appearance, but has dark spots along its graceful sides.

    Favorite Fish and Fishing | James Alexander Henshall
  • I have met with the cero only along the Florida reefs and keys.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others | James Alexander Henshall
  • (Similar manufactured foods on the market are called protose, nutfoda and nut cero, according to where they are made).

    The Laurel Health Cookery | Evora Bucknum Perkins

British Dictionary definitions for cero (1 of 2)

cero

/ (ˈsɪərəʊ, ˈsɪrəʊ) /


nounplural -ro or -ros
  1. a large spiny-finned food fish, Scomberomorus regalis, of warm American coastal regions of the Atlantic: family Scombridae (mackerels, tunnies, etc)

  2. any similar or related fish

Origin of cero

1
C19: from Spanish: saw, sawfish, altered spelling of sierra

British Dictionary definitions for cero- (2 of 2)

cero-

combining form
  1. indicating the use of wax: ceroplastic

Origin of cero-

2
from Greek kēros wax

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