wreathpiece

wreath

[reeth]
noun, plural wreaths [reethz, reeths] .
1.
a circular band of flowers, foliage, or any ornamental work, for adorning the head or for any decorative purpose; a garland or chaplet.
2.
any ringlike, curving, or curling mass or formation: a wreath of clouds.
3.
a.
a curved section of a handrail.
b.
Also called wreathpiece. a curved section of a string.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
4.
to wreathe.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English wrethe, Old English writha something wound or coiled; akin to writhe

wreathlike, adjective

wraith, wreath, wreathe, writhe.
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wreath (riːθ)
 
n , pl wreaths
1.  a band of flowers or foliage intertwined into a ring, usually placed on a grave as a memorial or worn on the head as a garland or a mark of honour
2.  any circular or spiral band or formation
3.  a spiral or circular defect appearing in porcelain and glassware
 
[Old English wrǣth, wrǣd; related to Middle Low German wrēden to twist. See writhe]
 
'wreathless
 
adj
 
'wreathlike
 
adj

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wreath
O.E. wriða "fillet, bandage, band" (lit. that which is wound around), from P.Gmc. *writhon (cf. O.N. riða, Dan. vride, O.H.G. ridan "to turn, twist," O.S., O.Fris. wreth "angry," Du. wreed "rough, harsh, cruel," O.H.G. reid "twisted," O.N. reiða "angry"), from PIE *wreit- "to turn, bend"
(cf. O.E. wriða "band," wriðan "to twist, torture," wraþ "angry"), from base *wer- "to turn, bend" (see versus). Meaning "ring or garland of flowers" is first recorded 1563.
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