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cere1

[seer] /sɪər/
noun, Ornithology
1.
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
1480-1490
1480-90; earlier sere, spelling variant of *cere < Medieval Latin cēra literally, wax < Latin
Related forms
cered, adjective
cereless, adjective

cere2

[seer] /sɪər/
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

Cer.E.

1.
Ceramic Engineer.
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  • The cere is yellow, as are the feet, and the beak and claws are black.
British Dictionary definitions for cere

cere1

/sɪə/
noun
1.
a soft waxy swelling, containing the nostrils, at the base of the upper beak in such birds as the parrot
Word Origin
C15: from Old French cire wax, from Latin cēra

cere2

/sɪə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to wrap (a corpse) in a cerecloth
Word Origin
C15: from Latin cērāre, from cēra wax
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Word Origin and History for cere
n.

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

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