cerecloth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cerecloth a waterproof waxed cloth once used as a shroud
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cerecloth A cloth smeared with melted wax, or with some gummy or glutinous matter. "Linen, besmeared with gums, in manner of cerecloth ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cerecloth 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cerecloth a cloth dipped in melted wax in which to wrap a dead body: a winding-sheet or grave-clothes generally
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cera, wax + E. cloth,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cera, cog. with Gr. k─ôros, wax; Gr. graphein, to write, plassein, to mould.

Usage

In literature:

The best is a sort of cerecloth which he prepares specially with a very fine material.
"The Mason-bees" by J. Henri Fabre
So to bed, and there had a cerecloth laid to my foot and leg alone, but in great pain all night long.
"Diary of Samuel Pepys, 1667" by Samuel Pepys
It should be covered over with a Compress dipt in sweet Oil, or with the Cerecloth No.
"Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health" by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
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In poetry:

And, with a face as cerecloth white,
And tears like those that by the bier
Of loved one lost make dim the sight,
She poured her sorrows in mine ear.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
France! from its grey dejection
Make manifest the red
Tempestuous resurrection
Of thy most sacred head!
Break thou the covering cerecloths; rise up from the dead.
"A Marching Song" by Algernon Charles Swinburne