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   The word represents Old English writha, directly related to the verb writhan, which gave modern writhe. Many words beginning wr- have the sense of something twisted or distorted. Apart from these two, others are wrangle, wrench, wrest, wrestle, wriggle, wring, wrinkle, wrist, wrong, wroth, wrought and wry.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.


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  • wreath — (n.) 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 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Wreath — A wreath is a ring made of flowers, leaves and sometimes fruits that can be used as an ornament, hanging on a wall or door, or resting on a table. A small wreath can be also worn on the head as a form of headdress.ymbolismWreaths are commonly… …   Wikipedia

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