Ceres

Ceres

[seer-eez]
noun
1.
a pre-Roman goddess of agriculture under whose name the Romans adopted the worship of the Greek goddess Demeter.
2.
Astronomy. the first asteroid to be discovered, being the largest and one of the brightest.
3.
a town in central California.
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cere

1 [seer]
noun Ornithology.
a fleshy, membranous covering of the base of the upper mandible of a bird, especially a bird of prey or a parrot, through which the nostrils open.

Origin:
1480–90; earlier sere, spelling variant of *cere < Medieval Latin cēra literally, wax < Latin

cered, adjective
cereless, adjective

cere

2 [seer]
verb (used with object), cered, cering.
1.
Archaic. to wrap in or as if in a cerecloth, especially a corpse.
2.
Obsolete. to wax.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English ceren < Latin cērāre to wax, verbal derivative of cēra wax

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cere1 (sɪə)
 
n
a soft waxy swelling, containing the nostrils, at the base of the upper beak in such birds as the parrot
 
[C15: from Old French cire wax, from Latin cēra]

cere2 (sɪə)
 
vb
(tr) to wrap (a corpse) in a cerecloth
 
[C15: from Latin cērāre, from cēra wax]

Ceres1 (ˈsɪəriːz)
 
n
Greek counterpart: Demeter the Roman goddess of agriculture

Ceres2 (ˈsɪəriːz)
 
n
the smallest dwarf planet in the solar system, located in the asteroid belt. It has a diameter of 930 kilometres

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cere
1486, from Fr. cire "wax" (12c.), from L. cera "wax."

Ceres
Roman goddess of agriculture (identified with Gk. Demeter), also the name given to the first-found and largest asteroid (discovered 1801).
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Ceres   (sîr'ēz)  Pronunciation Key 
The largest asteroid and the first to be discovered, in 1801. Nearly spherical, it has a diameter of about 960 km (595 mi). The estimated total mass of all other asteroids in the asteroid belt is only about twice that of Ceres. See more at asteroid.
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Ceres [(seer-eez)]

The Roman name for Demeter, the Greek and Roman goddess of agriculture.

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CERES
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