Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Cloth coated with wax, formerly used for wrapping the dead as a shroud.
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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Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.