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cēra , ae, f. Sanscr. kar-, to scatter, throw away; cf. Gr. κρίνω; Lat. cerno; Gr. κηρός; cf. sincerus,
II. Meton., acc. to its diff. uses.
A. Most freq., a writing-tablet covered with wax, Plaut. Pers. 4, 3, 59; id. Curc. 3, 40; Cic. Div. in Caecil. 7, 24; Hor. Ep. 1, 6, 62; Ov. M. 9, 521; Liv. 1, 24, 7; Quint. 1, 1, 27; 10, 3, 31; 11, 2, 32; Suet. Caes. 83 al. —Hence, prima, secunda, etc., cera, the first, etc., leaf or page, Suet. Ner. 17; Hor. S. 2, 5, 54; Cic. Verr. 2, 1, 36, § 92.—
B. A seal of wax, Plaut. Bacch. 4, 4, 96; Cic. Fl. 16, 37; Ov. Am. 2, 15, 16; Plin. 2, 51, 52, § 137.—
C. A waxen image of an ancestor, a wax figure: “cera illa (sc. majorum imaginum) atque figura,Sall. J. 4, 6; Ov. F. 1, 591; Juv. 8, 19; cf.: “expressi cerā voltus,Plin. 35, 2, 2, § 6.—
D. Wax used in encaustic painting, Varr. R. R. 3, 17, 4 Schneid.; Plin. 35, 7, 31, § 49; id. 35, 11, 39, § 122; and 35, 11, 41, § 149; Stat. S. 1, 1, 100.
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