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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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Now, as not so much as a head of asparagus ever presumed to poke itself out of the ground, without the especial permission of Ceres, you may conceive what a terrible calamity had here fallen upon the earth.
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.
The team used the captured shape of the planet and the gravity data measurements from the Dawn mission to determine the internal structure and composition of Ceres.
Astronomers were stumped for months and could not find Ceres once they lost sight of it.
This is another milestone for Philippine football and we will make sure we put on a good performance against Shan United," Ceres midfielder Stephan Schrock said in a report on the Asian Football Confederation website.
It was a tough game and we're happy to get this goal from Schrock and the advantage that we can bring home to Bacolod,' said Ceres assistant coach Ian Treyes.
From a distance of 383,000 kilometers (238,000 miles), Ceres was only about 27 pixels in diameter.
Occator Crater, with its central bright region and secondary, less-reflective areas, appears quite prominent near the limb, or edge, of Ceres.
Ceres is the largest body between Mars and Jupiter.
completed a tender offer for all outstanding shares of Ceres common stock for USD 0.