cere

verb
\ˈsir \
cered; cering

Definition of cere 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to wrap in or as if in a cerecloth

cere

noun

Definition of cere (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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The beak’s two yellow ridges, called the lamella and the cere, lit up. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Puffin Beaks Are Fluorescent, and They’re Not the Only Ones," 9 Apr. 2018 While Ceres found remarkably high levels of pesticide residue, others reported extremely low levels. Peter Whoriskey, chicagotribune.com, "How 36 million pounds of soybeans treated with pesticide became 'organic'," 15 May 2017 While Ceres found remarkably high levels of pesticide residue, others reported extremely low levels. Peter Whoriskey, chicagotribune.com, "How 36 million pounds of soybeans treated with pesticide became 'organic'," 15 May 2017 Ceres conducts most of its tests on plant leaves, rather than on fruits, a method that can be more likely to detect pesticide use. Peter Whoriskey, chicagotribune.com, "How 36 million pounds of soybeans treated with pesticide became 'organic'," 15 May 2017 Ceres conducts most of its tests on plant leaves, rather than on fruits, a method that can be more likely to detect pesticide use. Peter Whoriskey, chicagotribune.com, "How 36 million pounds of soybeans treated with pesticide became 'organic'," 15 May 2017 TRAPPIST-1h receives about the same amount of energy from its star as the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, gets from Earth's sun, NASA officials said. Mike Wall, NBC News, "Alien Solar System Gives Up More Secrets," 24 May 2017 Saturn’s moon Enceladus, Jupiter’s moon Europa, Pluto and its moon Charon, as well as the dwarf planet Ceres are potential homes for extra-terrestrials, scientists at University of Texas at San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute claim. Margi Murphy, Fox News, "Alien life may already exist in our galaxy," 24 May 2017 Ceres conducts most of its tests on plant leaves, rather than on fruits, a method that can be more likely to detect pesticide use. Peter Whoriskey, chicagotribune.com, "How 36 million pounds of soybeans treated with pesticide became 'organic'," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of cere

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cere

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

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\ˈsi(ə)r \
cered; cering

Medical Definition of cere 

: to wrap in or as if in a cerecloth

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