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Cere \Cere\, n. [L. cera wax: cf. F. cire.] (Zo["o]l.) The soft naked sheath at the base of the beak of birds of prey, parrots, and some other birds. See Beak.


Cere \Cere\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cered; p. pr. & vb. n. Cering.] [L. cerare, fr. cera wax: cf. F. cirer.] To wax; to cover or close with wax.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 15c., from French cire "wax" (12c.), from Latin cera "wax, wax seal, wax writing tablet," related to Greek keros "beeswax," which is of unknown origin.


n. (context ornithology English) A waxy protuberance at the base of the upper beak in certain birds. vb. (context transitive English) To wax; to cover or close with wax.


v. wrap us in a cerecloth; "cerecloth a corpse"


The Cère is a long river in south-western France, left tributary of the Dordogne River. Its source is in the south-western Massif Central, near the mountain Plomb du Cantal. It flows generally west through the following départements and towns:

  • Cantal: Vic-sur-Cère, Arpajon-sur-Cère (near Aurillac)
  • Corrèze
  • Lot: Bretenoux

The Cère flows into the Dordogne River near Bretenoux.

Usage examples of "cere".

He went across to the Q-ship communicator one last time and initiated a Link sequence to Anabasis Headquarters on Ceres.

The obsessed leader of the Anabasis would not be content to monitor the situation on Travancore from distant Ceres.

He had three thousand crowns a year, and lived well, enjoying all the gifts of Bacchus, Ceres, Comus, and Venus, the latter being his favourite divinity.

She began to untie it as cere- moniously as Lidia had done the first time.

These days it was a sign of culture and sophistication to show Bellona as an armed goddess, Ceres as a beautiful matron carrying a sheaf of wheat, Mercury with winged hat and winged sandals, because a Hellenized society was superior, because a Hellenized society despised more numinous gods as primitive, unintellectual, incapable of behavior as complex as human behavior.

In the normal course of events, Sianna would have as much chance of seeing Wolf Bernhardt as she would of getting the Autocrat of Ceres to come to lunch.

None too surprisingly, the Naked Purple movement had never gotten along well with the Autocrat of Ceres.

He states, as a reason why the august Mysteries of Ceres and Proserpine were celebrated at the Autumnal Equinox, that at that period of the year men feared lest the impious and dark power of the Evil Principle, then commencing to conquer, should do harm to their souls.

Uhura regarded her spear again, wishing the cere 6 STAR TREK LOG TEN monial feathers tied just below the blade were sewn to one of her summer dresses.

It would displease me, my love, if you were to form a romantic attachment for a parvenu like Fourrnyle of Ceres.

To them life on a planet like Earth was as life to a terrestrian on a planetoid such as Ceres, Juno or Eros would have seemed.

Phrygians call me the mother of the Gods: the Athenians, Minerva: the Cyprians, Venus: the Candians, Diana: the Sicilians Proserpina: the Eleusians, Ceres: some Juno, other Bellona, other Hecate: and principally the Aethiopians which dwell in the Orient, and the Aegyptians which are excellent in all kind of ancient doctrine, and by their proper ceremonies accustome to worship mee, doe call mee Queene Isis.

Furthermore, the observatories at Ceres, Vesta, Juno, or Pallas might pick up the flash.

There was Ceres, the largest of all, nearly five hundred miles in diameter.

He himself, Lucky thought ruefully, would do well to hit Ceres at a mile.