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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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