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- (historical) Cloth coated with wax so that it is waterproof, used for covering the dead.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i]:
- Twere damnation
To think so base a thought; it were too gross
To rib her cerecloth in the obscure grave.