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cere

(sîr)
n.
A fleshy or waxlike membrane at the base of the upper beak in certain birds, such as parrots, through which the nostrils open.

cered adj.

cere

that portion of the base of the upper mandible of the bill in birds which is swollen and appears waxy.

cere

the firm, fleshy bond lying across the base of the beak of birds. Most obvious in the pigeon as a white, saddle-like object. The cere is blue in male budgerigars and light brown to pink in females, so offering a convenient means of sexing these birds. The color may fade in males with testicular tumors.

cere hypertrophy
occurs in psittacine birds, particularly budgerigars; overgrowth may occlude the nares. Called also brown hypertrophy of the cere.
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The cook's made dishes and artificial dainties were not half so delicious, in the good child's opinion, as the simple fare to which Mother Ceres had accustomed her.
Mother Ceres had returned to her deserted home, and was sitting disconsolately on the doorstep, with her torch burning in her hand.
When their hearts had grown a little more quiet, Mother Ceres looked anxiously at Proserpina.
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For fiscal year 2016, Ceres plans to increase the number of companies distributing its forage sorghum seeds, expand its product portfolio and extend field evaluations of its seed products to additional regions.
The photos were produced by the spacecraft Dawn, which is now observing Ceres from 2,700 miles above its surface; NASA has also produced a one-minute video animation that sheds new light on this mysterious and heavily cratered world.
After 71/2 years trekking across the solar system--including a stopover at the asteroid Vesta--Dawn pulled up alongside Ceres March 6 and let the dwarf planet's gravity take over, pulling the probe in for a closer look.
Our team is ready and eager to find out what Ceres has in store for us.
Plumes of water vapor are thought to shoot up periodically from Ceres when portions of its icy surface warm slightly.
Ceres uses investor influence to pressure companies, industries and regulators to reduce carbon emissions and expand clean energy.
The Ceres board of directors has approved Plug Power Inc.
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