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[seer-klawth, -kloth] /ˈsɪərˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural cerecloths
[seer-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈsɪərˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA)
cloth coated or impregnated with wax so as to be waterproof, formerly used for wrapping the dead, for bandages, etc.
a piece of such cloth.
Origin of cerecloth
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; earlier cered cloth; see cere2 Unabridged
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  • The best is a sort of cerecloth which he prepares specially with a very fine material.

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
  • Not a star sparkled in the sky, which was black as ink; nature seemed covered with a cerecloth; all presaged an approaching storm.

    The Prairie Flower Gustave Aimard
  • So to bed, and there had a cerecloth laid to my foot and leg alone, but in great pain all night long.

British Dictionary definitions for cerecloth


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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