cere

1 of 2

verb

cered; cering

transitive verb

: to wrap in or as if in a cerecloth

cere

2 of 2

noun

: a usually waxy protuberance or enlarged area at the base of the bill of a bird

Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, to impregnate with wax, from Middle French cirer, from Latin cerare, from cera

Noun

Middle French cere, from Medieval Latin cera, from Latin, wax

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cere was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cere. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

cere

transitive verb
cered; cering
: to wrap in or as if in a cerecloth

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