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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
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British Dictionary definitions for cereless

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