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au·re·ole  audio  (ôr-l) KEY  also au·re·o·la  (ô-r-l) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A circle of light or radiance surrounding the head or body of a representation of a deity or holy person; a halo.
  2. Astronomy See corona.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Late Latin (corna) aureola, golden (crown), feminine of Latin aureolus, golden, from aureus, from aurum, gold


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