n. pl. ber·ceuses(-sœz)
1. A lullaby.
2. A soothing musical composition, usually in 6/8 time.
[French, from feminine of berceur, cradle rocker, from bercer, to rock, from Vulgar Latin *bertiāre, of Gaulish origin; akin to Old Irish bertaid, he shakes, brandishes, from bert, load, burden, from beirid, he carries; see bher-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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