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[greyv-klohz, -klohth z] /ˈgreɪvˌkloʊz, -ˌkloʊðz/
plural noun
the clothes or wrappings in which a body is buried; cerements.
Origin of graveclothes
First recorded in 1525-35; grave1 + clothes Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin.

  • Then she turned and passed away into the shadow of the trees; I heard her graveclothes sweep upon the grass.

    Montezuma's Daughter H. Rider Haggard
  • Folding the graveclothes decently over the body, Luke prepared to depart.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth

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