Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sheet in which a corpse is wrapped.
- n. Solidified drippings of grease from a candle which cling to the side of it and present some resemblance to drapery in its folds and creases. The appearance of this has been fancied to be an omen of death or other misfortune.
- n. A burial shroud.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a sheet in which a corpse is wound or wrapped.
- n. burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
“They undid the winding sheet and he sat down and, taking the Hunchback’s head in his lap, looked at his face and laughed and guffaw’d697 till he fell upon his back and said,”
“‘Verily Zubaydah, the daughter of my uncle, hath compassed in her jealousy the death of Kut al-Kulub’; or, if love longing overcome him and he bid her be taken out of her tomb, fear thou not; for when they dig down and come to the image in human shape he will see it shrouded in costly grave clothes; and, if he wish to take off the winding sheet that he may look upon her, do thou forbid him or let some other forbid him, saying, ‘The sight of her nakedness is unlawful.’”
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