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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 1023 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SHROUD (O. Eng. scrud, garment; cf. Icel. skrudh, in the secondary sense of rigging, allied with " shred," O. Eng. screade, a piece, strip), originally a word meaning garment, clothing or covering, but now particularly applied to the garment in which a dead body is wrapped preparatory to burial, a winding sheet. The shroud is usually a long linen sheet wrapping the entire body. This was formerly dipped in melted wax (Lat. cera), whence the name " cerecloth," often wrongly written cerecloth or searcloth and " cerements." In nautical usage the Icelandic meaning of skrudh, tackle, rigging of a ship, has been adopted in English; the " shrouds " of a ship are the set of ropes which stretch from the heads of a ship's masts to the sides as supports (see RIGGING).
End of Article: SHROUD (O. Eng. scrud, garment; cf. Icel. skrudh, in the secondary sense of rigging, allied with " shred," O. Eng. screade, a piece, strip)
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