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reredos

[ reer-dos, reer-i-, rair-i- ]
/ ˈrɪər dɒs, ˈrɪər ɪ-, ˈrɛər ɪ- /
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noun

a screen or a decorated part of the wall behind an altar in a church.
the back of a fireplace or of a medieval open hearth.

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Origin of reredos

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, alteration of Anglo-French areredos, equivalent to Middle French arere “behind” + dos “back” (from Latin dorsum ); see arrears
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British Dictionary definitions for reredos

reredos
/ (ˈrɪədɒs) /

noun

a screen or wall decoration at the back of an altar, in the form of a hanging, tapestry, painting, or piece of metalwork or sculpture
another word for fireback (def. 1)
C14: from Old French areredos, from arere behind + dos back, from Latin dorsum
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