Summary

Cloth coated with wax, formerly used for wrapping the dead as a shroud.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

cerecloth

1. Cloth coated with wax used for covering the dead.  

* 1594 — William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice ii 7

'Twere damnation
To think so base a thought; it were too gross
To rib her cerecloth in the obscure grave.

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