(?; 277), n.;
pl. Wreaths (#).
[OE. wrethe, AS. wr a twisted band, fr. wran to twist. See Writhe.]
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1. Something twisted, intertwined, or curled; as, a wreath of smoke; a wreath of flowers. "A wrethe of gold." Chaucer.
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[He] of his tortuous train
Curled many a wanton wreath.
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2. A garland; a chaplet, esp. one given to a victor.
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Conquest doth grant
He dear wreath to the Grecian combatant.
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Far back in the ages,
The plow with wreaths was crowned.
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3. (Her.) An appendage to the shield, placed above it, and supporting the crest (see Illust. of Crest). It generally represents a twist of two cords of silk, one tinctured like the principal metal, the other like the principal color in the arms.
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