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Cere   Listen
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Cere  n.  (Zool.) The soft naked sheath at the base of the beak of birds of prey, parrots, and some other birds. See Beak.






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"Cere" Quotes from Famous Books



... distinct from the genus to which I have compared them; but their note is very similar, and, excepting to a naturalist, the difference is difficult to observe. The skin round the eye of both species is much larger than the cere round that of ...
— Expedition into Central Australia • Charles Sturt

... seven eggs, and afford an acceptable dish. I obtained a live specimen, which Dr. Rayner of this ship describes thus:—"Cereopsis Novae Hollandiae. Body about the size of a common goose; bill short, vaulted, obtuse, two-thirds of which is covered by an expanded cere of a pale greenish-yellow colour, the tip of the bill being black, arcuated, and truncated. Nostrils large, round, open, and situated in the middle of the bill. Wings ample, third quill longest. Legs long, light dull-red, and naked to a ...
— Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 - Zoology • Various

... separated, and she went on alone. They had been watched by the jealous and unsuccessful lover, whose heart was on fire. Where the cross stands the girl was found lying, a naked corpse. The murderer was soon captured, and most of the people in the district went to St. Cere to see him guillotined. It was a spectacle to be talked over for half a century. The blacksmith never forgave himself for having left the girl to go home alone, and it was he who forged the cross that marks the scene of the crime and sets the ...
— Wanderings by southern waters, eastern Aquitaine • Edward Harrison Barker

... described the surprise of the French when they discovered this "white circlet or loop on the ground," and the attempt made by three battalions, with two other battalions in reserve, to capture it. A battalion of Zouaves, under the command of Colonel Cere, carried it in fine style, but the Russian reserves came up in great force, and their own reserves "declining to come to the scratch," as Gordon laconically put it, the Zouaves were in their turn compelled to fall back, with a loss of 200 killed. ...
— The Life of Gordon, Volume I • Demetrius Charles Boulger



Words linked to "Cere" :   neb, wrap, wrap up, pecker, beak, nib



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