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

  • n. Cloth coated with wax, formerly used for wrapping the dead.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Cloth coated with wax used for covering the dead.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cloth smeared with melted wax, or with some gummy or glutinous matter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A linen or other cloth saturated or coated with wax in such a way as to be proof against moisture, used as an under-cover for an altar, as a wrapping or bandage in medical treatment, etc., and especially (in this case also called cerement) as a wrapper for a corpse.

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

  • n. a waterproof waxed cloth once used as a shroud


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