any of several small vipers of the genus Cerastes, including the horned viper, that have a sideways looping motion like that of a sidewinder and inhabit deserts of northern Africa and southwestern Asia.
noun (pl) -tes
any venomous snake of the genus Cerastes, esp the horned viper
any of various low-growing plants of the genus Cerastium, having leaves covered with whitish or grayish down and small white flowers, and including mouse-ear chickweed and snow-in-summer. Historical Examples
a combining form meaning “horn,” “cornea,” used in the formation of compound words: ceratodus. cerat- pref. Variant of kerato-.
Pharmacology. an unctuous, often medicated, preparation for external application, consisting of lard or oil mixed with wax, rosin, or the like, especially one that has a firmer consistency than a typical ointment and does not melt when in contact with the skin. Also, cerated. Ornithology. having a cere. Historical Examples noun a hard ointment or […]
covered with wax. Ornithology. cerate (def 2). adjective (of certain birds, such as the falcon) having a cere