from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A brown, fatty, waxlike substance that forms on dead animal tissues in response to moisture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A brown, fatty, waxy substance (fatty acids) that forms on dead animal tissues in response to hydrolysis
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A soft, unctuous, or waxy substance, of a light brown color, into which the fat and muscle tissue of dead bodies sometimes are converted, by long immersion in water or by burial in moist places. It is a result of fatty degeneration.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A soft unctuous or waxy substance, of a light-brown color, produced by the decomposition of animal matter when protected from the air, and under certain conditions of temperature and humidity. It consists chiefly of ammonium margarate, with an admixture of the margarates of potassium and calcium.
adipo(se) + Latin cēra, wax.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From adipo- + Latin cēra (Wiktionary)