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which the European monarchs, such of them espe-
cially as became more powerful than their neigh-
bours, were ever striving; and a few of them, such
as Charlemagne, and, long afterwards, Charles V.,
seemed to have almost restored it. In this country,
we trace C. from the time when there were about a
dozen kings in Britain, and perhaps as many in
Ireland, till the united kingdom came under the
rule of one monarch. A subsidiary C. at the same
time made silent progress, absorbing the feudal
power of the aristocracy and the municipal privileges
of the corporations. In other countries-as, for in-
stance, in France, notwithstanding her desperate
struggles for freedom, this process of C. has tended
to a pure irresponsible despotism. With so sad a
With so sad a
result before their eyes, a distrust of C. has not un-
naturally been felt by some inhabitants of Great
Britain. But the British constitution possesses a
grand remedy, which turns the process to good
use instead of mischief. While administrative
authority has been centralising in the crown, the
controlling power of parliament has been increas-
ing at a more rapid ratio, so that the vesting of a
function in the crown or central government, means
the putting it under the control of parliament,
and especially of the peoples' representatives in the
House of Commons. There is nothing done in any:
of the offices under the government for which a
secretary of state, or some other member of the
ministry, may not at any time be called to account
in parliament. The efficiency of this control was in
a manner proved by one or two instances in which
offices with central powers were created, without
being connected with any of the great state depart-
There were, for instance, the English Poor-
law Board, and the Board of Health. Both created
much discontent and outcry about C., and it was
found necessary to transfer their functions to the
great government departments, the heads of which
are immediately responsible to parliament. It is not
the policy of this country in any case to abolish
local management, but rather to aid and direct it
from the central authority. The constituents of
local bodies are often disinclined to watch or control
them, and the business falls into the hands of incap-
able or designing men, or is otherwise mismanaged.
A very little central help-especially from a quarter
where the proceedings of other bodies of the same
kind are known-remedies such defects. One of the
methods in which the government has of late been
in use to exercise its central power, has been by the
appointment of inspectors, who make reports which
are laid before parliament. This is, in reality,
nothing more than a method of concentrating public
opinion on the proceedings inspected and reported
on, and as such it is very efficacious.




Fig. 1.



as parallel. But a system of parallel forces (see
PARALLEL FORCES) has a single resultant acting
through a fixed point, whose position is independent
of the position in space of the points of application
of the component forces, provided their relative
positions in the system continue unchanged. This
point is the C. of G.; and if it be supported, it
is clear that the body will balance itself upon it in
all positions. The same reasoning obviously applies
to any system of bodies rigidly connected. It is
usual to demonstrate this and the general rule for
finding the C. of G. by proving it first in the case
of two heavy particles forming a body or system,
and then extending the proof to the case of any
number of particles.
number of particles. Let P and Q (see fig. 1) be
two heavy particles. Join P and Q, and divide the
line PQ in C, so that weight of P: weight of
Q CQ CP. Then C will be the C. of G.
of P and Q. Draw ACB horizontal, and PM,
QN vertical, meeting
AB in M and N.
Then if P and Q
represent the weights
of P and Q, we have
P Q :: CQ: CP.
But CQ: CP :: CN
CM by similar tri-
angles. Therefore
P Q CN: CM, and P.CM Q.CN. P and Q,
therefore, are balanced about C. See BALANCE and
LEVER. This is true in all positions of P and Q, for
no assumption was made as to their positions. C,
therefore, is their centre of gravity. Also, we may
conceive P and Q to be removed (see PARALLEL
FORCES), and in their stead a particle at C equal
to them taken together in weight. If, now, the
system contained three, it is clear how we should
proceed to find its centre of gravity; having found
the C. of G. of two, we should consider the system
as formed of two-viz., the equivalent of the first
two at their C. of G., and the third, when the
case would fall under that already treated; and
so on, extending the rule to a system containing
any number of particles. Apart from this rule,
however, it is possible, in the case of most regular
homogeneous bodies, to fix upon their centres of
gravity from general considerations. The C. of
G. of a straight line, for instance, must clearly-
be in its middle point. So the C. of G. of a
uniform homogeneous cylinder must be in the
middle point of its axis. It must be in the
axis, for the cylinder clearly is equally balanced
about its axis. It must also be somewhere in its
middle circular section, for it will balance itself on
a knife-edge under that section. It must, therefore,
be in a point where that section cuts the axis,
or in the middle of the axis. The C. of G. of a
uniform material plane triangle may be found from
similar considerations. The triangle ABC (see
fig. 2) may be supposed to be made up of uniform
material lines parallel to its base AB; each of
these will balance upon its middle point. The
whole triangle, therefore, will balance upon the line
CD, which bisects the base AB and all lines
parallel to it. In
the same way, the
triangle will balance
upon the line AE,
bisecting BC. But
if a figure balances
itself upon a line, its
C. of G. must lie in A
that line. The C.
of G. of the triangle


is therefore in CD, and also in CB. It must there-fore be at g where these lines intersect, g being the


CENTRE OF GRAVITY is that point in a body or system of bodies rigidly connected, upon which the body or system acted upon only by the force of gravity, will balance itself in all positions. Though the action of gravity enters this definition, many of the properties of the point are independent of that force, and might be enunciated and proved without conceiving it to exist. By some, accordingly, the point has been called the centre of magnitude, and by others, the centre of parallel forces. Such a point exists in every body and system, and only one such point. Every body may be supposed to be made up of a multitude of minute particles connected by cohesion, and so far as its balance under gravity is concerned, each of these may be supposed to be removed, and its place occupied by a force proportioned to its weight. Instead of the body, on these suppositions, we should then have a system of parallel forces, the lines from the various particles to the earth's centre being regarded


Fig. 2.



only point they have in common. Now, by geometry, | body which are nearest to the axis of suspension we know that g divides CD, so that Cg CD. would, as simple pendulums, vibrate more rapidly Hence the rule for finding the C. of G. of a triangle: than those more remote. Being connected, however, Draw a line from the vertex, bisecting the base, and as parts of the solid body, they vibrate all in the measure off Cg, two-thirds of the line. g is the same time. But this connection does not affect centre of gravity. By a similar method, the C. of G. their tendencies to vibrate as simple pendulums, and of a great number of figures may be determined. the motion of the body which they compose is a compromise of these tendencies of its particles. Those nearest the axis are retarded by the more remote, while the more remote are urged on by the nearer. Among these particles there is always one to be found in which the accelerating and retarding effects of the rest are mutually neutralised, and which vibrates in the same time as it would if it were unconnected with the other parts of the body, and simply connected by a fine thread to the axis of suspension. The point in the body occupied by this particle, is its centre of oscillation. By this C. of O. the calculations respecting the vibration of a solid body are rendered as simple as those of a molecule of inconsiderable magnitude. All the properties which belong to a single pendulum may be transferred to a vibrating body of any magnitude and figure, by considering it as equivalent to a single particle of matter vibrating at its centre of oscillation.

The above method applies only where the figure of the body is regular, and its mass homogeneous. But many bodies, besides being irregular, are formed by the agglomeration of particles of different specific gravities. Of these, the C. of G. can be found only by experiment, though not always satisfactorily. Let the body be suspended by a string, and allowed to find its position of equilibrium. The equilibrium being due to the tension of the string counterbalancing gravity, it follows that the tension is in the same line with that on which gravity acts on the body. But the tension acts on the line of the string, which therefore passes through the centre of gravity. Mark its direction through the body. Suspending it then by another point, we should ascertain a second line in which lies the centre of gravity. The C. of G., then, must be where these lines intersect. For the effect on the stability of bodies of the position of the C. of G., see STABILITY.

CENTRE OF GYRA'TION is the point at which, if the whole mass of a body rotating round an axis or point of suspension were collected, a given force applied would produce the same angular velocity as it would if applied at the same point to the body itself. The C. of G. bears a strong analogy to the centre of oscillation. The cases differ only in this, that in the latter the operating forces are supposed to act at every point of the moving body, while in the former there is only one force acting upon one point. The C. of G. is found by the following rule: Divide the moment of inertia of the rotating mass by the mass of the body, and extract the square root of the quotient. The result is the distance of the point from the axis of rotation. 'The moment of inertia, it may be stated, is the sum of the products of the weight of each point of the mass by the square of the perpendicular distance of that point from the axis.

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CENTRE OF MAGNITUDE or FIGURE (see CENTRE OF GRAVITY). C.. of M. is the point on which plane figures and curved surfaces would balance themselves, supposing their areas to have weight. 'Thus, the centre of a circle is its centre of magnitude. Otherwise, C. of M. or F. is a point so situated that all straight lines passing through it, and terminated by the circumference or superficies of the figure or surface, are bisected in it.

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The C. of P. of a body or a system of bodies revolving about a point or axis, is that point in it, which striking an immovable object, the whole mass shall not incline to either side, but rest, as it were, in equilibrio, without acting on the centre or axis of suspension. If the body be moving freely, then the C. of P. is that point in it at which its whole impetus is supposed to be concentrated. In this case, if the body struck with its C. of P. immovable obstacle, and if it were perfectly rigid and inelastic, it would come to perfect repose; whereas, if it struck the obstacle with any other point, a rotatory motion would be produced in it. When the body is moving freely, and there is no rotatory motion, the C. of P. coincides with the centre of gravity. If the body be moving round a point or axis of suspension, the C. of P. coincides with the centre of oscillation. The more compli


CENTRE OF OSCILLA'TION. Referring to the article PENDULUM, the reader will see that the time of a pendulum's vibration increases with its length, being always proportioned to the square root

ple pendulum, in which the pendulous body is supposed to have no determinate magnitude, and to be connected with the point of suspension by an inflexible wire without weight. If, however, the vibrating body have a determinate magnitude, then the time of vibration will vary, not with the square root of its length, but with the square root of the distance from the axis of suspension of a point in the body called

of its length. This is strictly true only of the sim-cated case of a body rotating round an axis within formula which cannot conveniently be translated it, would require, for its explanation, analytical into ordinary language. There are many positions which the axis may have in which there will be no C. of P.-i. e., there will be no direction in which an impulse could be applied without producing a shock upon the axis. One case of this sort is that of the axis being a principal axis through the centre of gravity.


its centre of oscillation.

The determination of the position of the C. of O. of a body usually requires the aid of the calculus. It is always further from the axis of suspension than the centre of gravity is, and always in the line joining the centre of gravity and the point of suspension, when the body is suspended from a point. The rule for finding it in such a case is: If S be the point of suspension, and O the C. of O., SO Σ (md2). M.Sg

If each part of the vibrating body were separately connected with the axis of suspension by a fine thread, and entirely disconnected from the rest of the body, it would form an independent simple pendulum, and oscillate as such-the time of each vibration being as the square root of the length of its thread. It follows that those particles of the

; or

it is the quotient obtained by dividing the moment of inertia of the body by the product of its mass into the distance of its centre of gravity from the point of suspension.

CENTRE OF PRE'SSURE. The C. of P. of any surface immersed in a fluid is the point in which the resultant of the pressures of the fluid on the several points meets the surface. When the bottom of a vessel containing fluid, or when a plane immersed in fluid, is horizontal, the pressure on every point of it is the same, being that due

to the weight of the column of fluid standing above the bottom or plane. In either case, the pressures at the different points obviously form a system of equal parallel forces, whose centre will be the centre of gravity of the bottom or plane, their resultant passing through this point being the sum of all their forces. But when the plane is inclined at any angle to the surface of the fluid, the pressure is not the same at all points, but is obviously greater at the lower than at the upper points, for the lower have to support taller columns of the fluid. The resultant of these forces, then, will not pass through the centre of gravity of the surface, but through a point below it. This point is the C. of P., and evidently will lie below the centre of gravity for all fluids in which the pressure increases with the depth. If the surface pressed upon form part of the containing vessel, and be supposed movable, it will be kept at rest by a pressure equal to the sum of the fluid pressures applied at the C. of P., and acting in the opposite direction. In the case of a vessel with a parallelogram for one side, the C. of P. is at the distance of one-third of the height from the bottom. In the case of a triangular vessel whose base is at the bottom, it is one-fourth of the height only.


CEPHALO'NIA, or CEFALONIA, the largest of the seven Ionian Islands (q. v.), is situated at the entrance of the Gulf of Lepanto or Corinth, in lat. 38° 3'-38° 30′ N., and long. 20° 21′—20° 49′ E. It is irregular in shape. Its greatest length is about 30 miles, and its total area 348 square miles. Its surface is mountainous, the soil, for the The inhabimost part thin, and water very scarce. and have planted vineyards wherever the grape tants, however, are industrious and enterprising, will grow, and currants and olive-oil are also The climate is warm and produced for export. agreeable. The population in 1858 amounted to 72,534. The numbers who are brought up to the medical profession are remarkable; it is said that there is hardly a town in the Levant which has not a practitioner from Cephalonia. The inhabitants are also much more disposed to engage in foreign trade than their brethren of Corfu or The island is subject Zante, and own more vessels. to frequent, but slight earthquakes. There is always a small English garrison kept at C., and steamers ply weekly between it and Malta and Greece (Patras). The language spoken is a Greek dialect. The chief towns are Argostoli (q. v.) and Lixuri.

CENTRIFUGAL AND CENTRI PETAL are terms used in Botany to designate two different kinds of inflorescence, or modes of flowering of C. is called by Homer Same or Samos, and during plants. When the flower-bud which terminates the heroic age was subject to Ulysses, whose resithe floral axis, and is central in the inflorescence, dence was in the neighbouring isle of Ithaca (q. v.). is the first to expand-in which case the others are Later, C. appears under the name of Cephallenia. developed in succession from the centre outwards-It successively fell into the hands of the Athenians, the inflorescence is said to be centrifugal. When Romans, Byzantines, and Venetians, from the last the outermost flowers expand first, the inflorescence of whom it was several times wrested by the Turks. is centripetal, as is the case in catkins, spikes, and On the ruin of the Venetian Republic in 1797, it racemes, in which the flowers nearest the base are was seized by the French, who were in their turn the first to expand, and those nearest the apex the dislodged by the Russians. In 1809, it finally came last. These modes of inflorescence are very charac- into the possession of England. teristic of different plants, of genera, and of orders. CENTRIFUGAL FORCE. See CENTRAL



CEPHALO'PODA (Gr. head-footed), a class of mollusks, the highest in organisation of that division of the animal kingdom. To this class belong the Nautili, Spirulæ, Argonauts, Poulpes, Squids or Calamaries, Cuttle-fish, &c., of the present time, and the Ammonites, Belemnites, &c., of former geological periods. The C. are all marine, and only a few of them are capable of leaving the water, and moving about in search of food on the shore.

CEPHAË'LIS. See IPECACUanha. CEPHALA'SPIS, a genus of fossil Ganoid fishes, of which six species have been described, two belonging to the Upper Silurian, and four to the Devonian measures. The head was protected by The C. receive their name from having organs of a large ganoid plate, sculptured externally with prehension and locomotion attached to the head, circular radiating markings. Agassiz gave the name an arrangement towards which a gradual approach C. (buckler-headed) from this extraordinary cover- may be traced in the highest gasteropod (q. v.) ing, which has very much the appearance of, and mollusks. These organs have been variously desigwas formerly supposed to be, the cephalic shield of nated arms, feet, and tentacula. They have no true an Asaphus. The body was covered with rhom- homology' with the limbs of vertebrate animals, boidal enamelled scales, and furnished with dorsal but are only analogous to them in respect of the and pectoral fins: it terminated in a large hetero- purposes which they serve. The body of the C. is cercal tail. In a graphic description of this fossil in a bag, formed of the mantle (see MOLLUSCA), open his Old Red Sandstone, Miller thus sketches the only at the end to which the head is attached. In general appearance of the animal: Has the reader some, this bag is almost spherical, and locomotion ever seen a saddler's cutting-knife-a tool with a is accomplished only by the appendages of the crescent-shaped blade, and the handle fixed trans-head; in others, the body is elongated, and furversely in the centre of its concave side? In general nished with two fin-like expansions, which are the In locomooutline, the C. resembled this tool; the crescent- principal instruments of locomotion. shaped blade representing the head, the transverse tion by the fins, a cephalopod swims like a fish, handle the body.' The endo-skeleton was carti- with the head first, and often very rapidly; in laginous, retaining the notochord through life. The locomotion by the arms, it drags itself along, laying flexible body, assisted by the large tail and the fins, hold of any object within reach by means of suckers, would give the C. the power of moving rapidly with which the arms are furnished. Some C. are through the water. Being a predaceous fish, it must capable also of moving backwards through the have been a formidable enemy to its associates in water by alternate contractions and expansions of the Paleozoic seas, for, besides its power of rapid a muscular web which unites the bases of the motion, the sharp margin of its shield probably arms; some appear to depend for a similar power did the work of a vigorously hurled javelin, as in of swimming backwards upon the forcible ejection the sword-fish. This genus was originally named of water from the cavity which contains the gills.

Asterolepis (star-scale), from the circular markings on its cephalic shield.



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The head of a cephalopod is roundish, generally the Dibranchiata they are only eight or ten in furnished with two large and prominent eyes, very number, furnished with suckers (acetabula); two of similar in structure to those of vertebrate animals. them, when they are ten in number, being much There are also ears, but they consist merely of little longer than the rest, and differing from them in cavities, one on each side of the brain, in each of form. The suckers are very admirably constructed which is suspended a membranous sac containing a -an adhesive disk of muscular membrane, often small stone. The organs of smell are not very having a cartilaginous circlet, capable of most certainly known, but it appears that the C. possesses exact application to any this sense, as well as that of taste, of which the object, with an aperture in character of the tongue is much more indicative the centre leading into a than in many vertebrate animals.-The brain forms cavity, the bottom of which a ring around the gullet. The whole nervous system can be retracted like a piston so as to form a vacuum, and render the adhesion of the sucker close and firm, whilst on the muscular action being interrupted or reversed, it immediately lets go its hold. The poulpe has each of its eight flexible arms crowded with 120 pair of such suckers, and as an animal of this kind exists on some tropical shores, with arms about two feet long, it is not wonderful that it is

reckoned dangerous. Still Cephalopoda, suckers of:


Cephalopoda Loligopsis.

is more complex than in the lower mollusks.-The mouth opens in the midst of the circle of arms. It is furnished with a strong horny beak of two mandibles, moving vertically, not unlike the bill of a parrot, but the upper mandible the shorter of the two. The digestive apparatus is very complicated. The gullet swells out into a crop, and there is a gizzard as muscular as that of a bird. The intestine, after a few convolutions, terminates in the cavity which contains the gills, at the base of the funnel by which the water is ejected after having supplied air for respiration. This cavity is situated within the mantle or bag, and separated from the other viscera by a membranous partition. Into it the water is freely admitted by means of a slit or valvular opening, being drawn in by muscular action, and again expelled with considerable force through the funnel, which opens at the neck, and with its current all secretions, eggs, and excrements are carried forth. There are only two gills in the greater number of existing C., the only exceptions being the two or three known species of Nautilus, which have four gills; and two-gilled C.-the order Dibranchiata-are in many respects of higher organisation than the four-gilled-the order Tetrabranchiata-which, although containing so few recent, contains a vast number of fossil species. Each gill consists of many membranous plates, fixed to two sides of a stalk.-The heart in the Tetrabranchiata consists of a single ventricle only; but besides this systemic heart, the Dibranchiata have two branchial or respiratory hearts, contractile reservoirs, one for each gill, by which the blood is forced into these organs.

The arms' or 'feet' are very numerous in the Tetrabranchiata, not provided with suckers, but hollow, and with long retractile tentacula; in


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more formidable, however, A, a single sucker, side view: are the Hook-squids of the B, a portion of one of the tentacula, with several South Seas, the two long suckers, front view; a, arms of which have suckers cartilaginous circlet; b, furnished in the centre with central cavity; c. piston, a hook to enter into the d, section of the tentacle. flesh of any creature of which they may lay hold, and so more effectually to secure their prey.

The sexes are distinct in all the cephalopoda. The eggs have a horny covering, and after their extrusion from the parent, become agglutinated into masses of various forms. The young, from the first, very much resemble the mature animals except in


All the Dibranchiata are provided with a peculiar organ of defence, called an 'ink-bag,' which is wanting in the Tetrabranchiata. This ink-bag is filled with a peculiar secretion, capable of being expelled at will to darken the water, and facilitate the escape of the cephalopod.


The Tetrabranchiate C. have a chambered shell. See NAUTILUS. The Dibranchiate C. have external shell-the shell of the female Argonaut (q. v.) being scarcely an exception-but they have an internal shell (cuttle-fish bone, &c.), sometimes merely rudimentary, included between two folds of the mantle, and apparently intended to give support to the soft body of the animal.

The C. are all very voracious, feeding on fish, mollusks, crustaceans, &c. Even a powerful crab is not safe from the attacks of a Dibranchiate cephalopod little bigger than itself; the arms, so abundantly provided with suckers, seize it, and trammel every movement, whilst the parrot-like beak is strong enough to break the hard shell. Cuttle-fish and squids are often very troublesome to fishermen, following shoals of fish, and devouring great numbers of them after they are entangled in the net.

Fossil C. exist in all the strata which form the earth's crust. The order Tetrabranchinta is almost exclusively a fossil order, being represented by not more than four recent species. With the exception of two genera, Nautilus and Aturia, this order is confined to primary and secondary rocks. The two groups into which it is divided are also characteristic of geological epochs. The Nautilid, with simple or gently undulating septa, and siphuncle central or in the inner margin, belong, with the exception of the two genera just referred


to, to the Palæozoic rocks. Including a small group, which, while it has the siphon on the external margin, has yet simple septa, the Nautilidæ are represented by 145 Silurian, 158 Devonian, and 91 Carboniferous species. The Ammonitida have the siphuncle always on the outer margin of the shell, and the septa with corrugated or lobed margins. This group, with the exception of Goniatites, a Palæozoic genus, is peculiar to, and co-extensive with, the secondary strata. Of the 930 species that have been described, more than the half belong to the genus Ammonites (q. v.).

The order Dibranchiata is found first in the Lias, and extends through the more recent strata, receiving its full development in our present seas. Scarcely 90 fossil species have been described, while more than double that number are known as recent animals. See AMMONITES, ARGONAUT, BELEMNITES, CALAMARY, CUTTLE-FISH, GONIATITES, HAMITES, HOOK-SQUID, NAUTILUS, ORTHOCERAS, POULPE, SPI

RULA, &c.

CEPHALO ́PTERA (Gr. head-wing), a genus of cartilaginous fishes of the ray family, the type of a sub-family, Cephalopterida. The pectoral fins are very much elongated, so as to give great breadth to the fish. The tail is slender and without fin, but armed near its origin with a great spine. The head is terminated in front by a straight line, and on each side of it there projects a membrane (precephalic fin) rolled upon itself, and resembling in shape a pointed horn. The name DEVIL FISH has been given to these creatures in America, of which but one species, C. vampirus, has been observed on the coast of the Southern States. The C. giorna occurs in the Mediterranean, and there acquires a great size: one is mentioned as having been taken off Messina, which weighed 1250 lbs.-more than half a ton. But this is small in comparison with the size of some of the Cephalopteride which occur in tropical seas: one taken at Barbadoes required seven yoke of oxen to draw it. They are very dangerous to swimmers and bathers.

CE'PHEUS, a constellation of the northern hemisphere, containing, according to the Britannic catalogue, 35 stars. Its principal star is Alderamin, of the third magnitude.


CERA'M, a long and narrow island of the Asiatic Archipelago, running nearly 200 miles in the parallel of about 3° S., long. 128-131° E., between Booro on the W., and Papua or New Guinea on the E. With an area of nearly 6000 square miles, it has about 27,000 inhabitants. From east to west it is traversed by mountains rising at some points 8000 feet above the sea. While the high grounds yield abundance of fine timber, the valleys are fertile in tropical_productions. The natives, chiefly negroes of the Papuan type, excel in the manufacture of arms. The Dutch claim the sovereignty, and hold

several establishments on the coast.

CERA'MBYX, a Linnæan genus of coleopterous insects, included among those which, on account of the length of their antennæ, are usually known as LONG-HORNED BEETLES, and now generally regarded as the type of a tribe or family. To this tribe belongs the Musk Beetle of England (Callichroma moschata), remarkable for its strong and agreeable odour, which, however, is rather that of roses than of musk. Some foreign species have the odour of musk in great perfection. C. heros, one of the largest European beetles, extremely rare in Britain, deposits its eggs in a hole which it excavates for that purpose in the wood of the oak; and the grub feeds upon the wood, excavating long passages through it.

CERAMIA CEA, a sub-order of Alga (q. v.), also called FLORIDEE, and consisting of sea-weeds of a rose or purplish colour, with fronds formed of cells arranged in rows, sometimes in a single row; the sporocarps containing cells or spores, often in fours (tetraspores), with a transparent perispore, and enclosed in receptacles of very various form and structure. structure. They are most abundant in the seas of the northern temperate zone. Many of them are very delicate and beautiful. A considerable number furnish agreeable articles of food of a gelatinous nature, as DULSE (q. v.), CARRAGEEN (q. v.), or IRISH Moss, and certain species of PLOCARIA (q. v.), which are much used on the sea-coasts of the East Indies. The edible swallows' nests of the East are supposed to be formed of a sea-weed of this sub-order, a species of Gelidium.

CERA'MIC (Gr. keramos, potter's clay, from kaio, to burn, and èra, earth), a term used to designate the department of plastic art which comprises all objects made of clay, such as vases, cups, bassirilievi, cornices, and the like.

CERA'STES, or HORNED VIPER, a genus of serpents of the family Viperidae, distinguished by a broad depressed heart-shaped head, the scales of which are similar to those of the back, and particularly remarkable for the development of one of the scales of each eyelid into a spine or horn, often of considerable length. The tail is very


Horned Viper (Cerastes vulgaris).

distinct from the body. This genus is exclusively African, and very venomous. The best known species, C. vulgaris, the Horned Viper of the north of Africa, was called C. by the ancients, the name being derived from the Greek keras, a horn. It was correctly described by the traveller Bruce, but his description was for some time regarded with incredulity. Other species of the same genus are C. nasicornis of the western coast of Africa, and C. caudalis of the Cape of Good Hope.

CE'RATE (Lat. cera, wax), a compound of wax with other oily and medicinal substances in such proportions as to have the consistence of an Ointment (q. v.). Simple C. is made by melting together equal parts of white wax and olive-oil; they are to be heated together, and carefully stirred into a uniform substance while cooling.

CE'RATITES, a genus of Ammonitidæ, peculiar to, and characteristic of, the Trias. They are distinguished from the other members of the family by having the lobes of the sutures serrated, while the intervening curves, directed towards the aperture, are simple. Twenty-six species have been described.

CE'RBERUS (Gr. kerberos,) in Greek mythology, was the name of the many-headed dog-the offspring (according to Hesiod) of Typhon and Echidna-who guarded the portal of the infernal regions. Later writers describe C. as only threeheaded, with the tail and headed, with the tail and mane composed of serpents, though the poets sometimes encumber him with a hundred heads.-A northern constellation,

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