from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Cloth coated with wax, formerly used for wrapping the dead.
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- 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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He speaks the words to Burbage, the young player who stands before him beyond the rack of cerecloth, calling him by a name:
No one would hide anything of value there, no matter how many folds of cerecloth were wrapped round it for protection.
But he did not provide rugs and pillows and cerecloth for the souls he ferried across to eternity.
Baba Mustafa quickly made the cerecloth of fitting length and breadth, and Morgiana paid him the promised ashrafi, then, once more bandaging his eyes, led him back to the place whence she had brought him.
Chapter Six Huon de Domville lay naked beneath a linen cerecloth in the mortuary chapel, and round about him stood the abbot and prior, the sheriff of the county, the dead man's nephew and squire, Sir Godfrid Picard, who should by this time have been his uncle by marriage, and Brother Cadfael.
Huon de Domville lay naked beneath a linen cerecloth in the mortuary chapel, and round about him stood the abbot and prior, the sheriff of the county, the dead man's nephew and squire, Sir Godfrid Picard, who should by this time have been his uncle by marriage, and Brother Cadfael.
Wherever the unctuous matter had insinuated itself, the separation of the cerecloth was easy; and when it came off, a correct impression of the features to which it had been applied was observed in the unctuous substance.
These were an internal wooden coffin, very much decayed, and the body carefully wrapped up in cerecloth, into the folds of which a quantity of unctuous or greasy matter, mixed with resin, as it seemed, had been melted, so as to exclude, as effectually as possible, the external air.
Many of the teeth remained, and the left ear, in consequence of the interposition of some unctuous matter between it and the cerecloth, was found entire.
The coffin was completely full, and, from-the tenacity of the cerecloth, great difficulty was experienced in detaching it successfully from the parts which it developed.