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reredos

[reer-dos, reer-i-, rair-i-] /ˈrɪər dɒs, ˈrɪər ɪ-, ˈrɛər ɪ-/
noun
1.
a screen or a decorated part of the wall behind an altar in a church.
2.
the back of a fireplace or of a medieval open hearth.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English, alteration of Anglo-French areredos, equivalent to Middle French arere behind (see arrear) + dos back (< Latin dorsum)
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reredos

/ˈrɪədɒs/
noun
1.
a screen or wall decoration at the back of an altar, in the form of a hanging, tapestry, painting, or piece of metalwork or sculpture
2.
another word for fireback (sense 1)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French areredos, from arere behind + dos back, from Latin dorsum
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Word Origin and History for reredoses

reredos

n.

"screen behind an altar," late 14c., from Anglo-French rere-, archaic comb. form of rear (n.), + dos "back" (see dossier). Klein's sources suggest it is aphetic of Anglo-French areredos, from Old French arere "at the back" (Modern French arrière).

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