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Gauze or cheesecloth impregnated with wax containing an antiseptic; used in surgical dressings.
[L. cera, wax]
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isn't it funny cerements have the same waxy texture
24) "they tore off the cerements, each thinking himself blessed to have but a scrap thereof in his possession;" Dec.
Let Peter Paul Rubens wake from the dead, let him rise out of his cerements, and bring into this presence all the army of his fat women; the magian power or prophet-virtue gifting that slight rod of Moses, could, at one waft, release and re-mingle a sea spell-parted, whelming the heavy host with the down-rush of overthrown sea-ramparts.
When their efforts failed, he commissioned a full-body suit of pure jade to be his funeral cerements (jade was believed to have magical powers of rejuvenation.
In this liturgical drama, sung by the clergy in Latin at the end of matins on Easter morning, the linen cloth represents Christ's cerements.
I don't know: / is calvary coming to him, / unconscious, inexorable, a rising water, / or has it passed, is it over, leaving him to me / to wrap him up in cerements, in tears?
One morning she will tear off the black cerements and come back with me to my room.