cierge (plural cierges)
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(See the entry for cierge in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
From Latin cereus (“waxy”), from cera (“wax”). The French word has an irregular development, possibly due to its contact with liturgical Latin or perhaps influence from vierge. Compare Dalmatian cir and Italian cero.
cierge m (plural cierges)