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wreath  audio  (rth) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. wreaths  (rz, rths) KEY 
    1. A ring or circlet of flowers, boughs, or leaves worn on the head, placed on a memorial, or hung as a decoration.
    2. A representation of this ring or circlet, as in woodwork.
  1. A curling or circular form: a wreath of smoke.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English wrethe, from Old English writha, band; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots


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