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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 wreath /ˈriθ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wreath n.; pl. Wreaths
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wreathe v. t. [imp. Wreathed p. p. Wreathed; Archaic Wreathen p. pr. & vb. n. Wreathing.]  [Written also wreath.]
 1. To cause to revolve or writhe; to twist about; to turn.  [Obs.]
    And from so heavy sight his head did wreathe.   --Spenser.
 2. To twist; to convolve; to wind one about another; to entwine.
    The nods and smiles of recognition into which this singular physiognomy was wreathed.   --Sir W. Scott.
 From his slack hand the garland wreathed for Eve
 Down dropped.   --Milton.
 3. To surround with anything twisted or convolved; to encircle; to infold.
    Each wreathed in the other's arms.   --Shak.
    Dusk faces with withe silken turbants wreathed.   --Milton.
    And with thy winding ivy wreathes her lance.   --Dryden.
 4. To twine or twist about; to surround; to encircle.
 In the flowers that wreathe the sparkling bowl,
 Fell adders hiss.   --Prior.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage
          or flowers for ornamental purposes [syn: garland, coronal,
           chaplet, lei]
      v : encircle with or as if with a wreath; "Her face was wreathed
          with blossoms" [syn: wreathe]