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cerecloth

[seer-klawth, -kloth] /ˈsɪərˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural cerecloths
[seer-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈsɪərˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA)
1.
cloth coated or impregnated with wax so as to be waterproof, formerly used for wrapping the dead, for bandages, etc.
2.
a piece of such cloth.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; earlier cered cloth; see cere2
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cerecloth

/ˈsɪəˌklɒθ/
noun
1.
waxed waterproof cloth of a kind formerly used as a shroud
Word Origin
C15: from earlier cered cloth, from Latin cērāre to wax; see cere²
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