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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wreath  \Wreath\  (?;  277),  n.;  pl  {Wreaths}.  [OE.  wrethe,  AS 
  wr[=ae][eth]  a  twisted  band,  fr  wr[=i][eth]an  to  twist.  See 
  1.  Something  twisted,  intertwined,  or  curled;  as  a  wreath  of 
  smoke;  a  wreath  of  flowers.  ``A  wrethe  of  gold.'' 
  [He]  of  his  tortuous  train  Curled  many  a  wanton 
  wreath.  --Milton. 
  2.  A  garland;  a  chaplet,  esp.  one  given  to  a  victor. 
  Conquest  doth  grant  He  dear  wreath  to  the  Grecian 
  combatant.  --Chapman. 
  Far  back  in  the  ages,  The  plow  with  wreaths  was 
  crowned.  --Bryant. 
  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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