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- n. A mixture of oil and wax.
- n. A cloth with which ancient wrestlers rubbed themselves, to make their limbs not only more sleek and less capable of gripping, but more pliable and fit for exercise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The unguent (a composition of oil and wax) with which wrestlers were anointed among the ancient Romans.
- n. That part of the baths and gymnasia in which bathers and wrestlers anointed themselves.
- n. The cere of birds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical antiquity, an unguent used by wrestlers.
- n. In ornithology, same as cere.
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It was the custom of wrestlers, after they had anointed the body with ‘ceroma’ or wrestler’s oil, in order to render the body supple and pliant, to sprinkle the body with sand, or dust, to enable the antagonist to take a firm hold.
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