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.

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

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

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


Ceramic Engineer.
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cere1 (sɪə)
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)
(tr) to wrap (a corpse) in a cerecloth
[C15: from Latin cērāre, from cēra wax]

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Word Origin & History

1486, from Fr. cire "wax" (12c.), from L. cera "wax."
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Example sentences for cere
The cere is yellow, as are the feet, and the beak and claws are black.
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