Definition - Another name for the cedilla, the diacritic used under the c in French words to indicate a soft pronunciation.

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Etymology -
The term derives from the Spanish cerilla, a variant of cedilla, cause by the interchange of /d/ and /r/.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1591:
"C before a o u like k [sic]… if the nature of the word require any other pronunciation, it is noted with a little taile, as ç, and is called Cerilla, sounding almost as the Italian z."
(Percivall Sp. Dict., Gram.,)

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