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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hard, unctuous, fat- or wax-based solid, sometimes medicated, formerly applied to the skin directly or on dressings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An unctuous preparation for external application — mainly wax (or resin or spermaceti) mixed with oil, lard, and various medicinal ingredients — of a consistency between ointment and plaster, so that it can be spread upon cloth without the use of heat, but does not melt when applied to the skin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An unctuous preparation for external application, of a consistence intermediate between that of an ointment and a plaster, so that it can be spread upon cloth without the use of heat, but does not melt when applied to the skin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In ornithology, cered; having a cere.
  • n. A thick ointment composed of wax, lard, or oil, with other ingredients, applied externally for various medical purposes.
  • n. Chlorid of silver; horn-silver. See cerargyrite. Also kerate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hard medicated paste made of lard or oil mixed with wax or resin

Etymologies

Latin cērātum, from cērātus, past participle of cērāre, to cover with wax, from cēra, wax; akin to Greek kēros.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin ceratum, from cera ("wax"). (Wiktionary)

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