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wreathe

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Partly a back-formation of wreathen (past participle of writhe), and partly from wreath.

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wreathe (third-person singular simple present wreathes, present participle wreathing, simple past and past participle wreathed)

  1. (transitive) To twist, curl or entwine something into a shape similar to a wreath
  2. (transitive) To form a wreathlike shape around something
  3. (intransitive) To curl, writhe or spiral in the form of a wreath
  4. (obsolete) To turn violently aside or around; to wrench.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.i:
      from so heauie sight his head did wreath, / Accusing fortune, and too cruell fate [...].

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