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noun

a mass of tallow or wax that has run down and hardened on the side of a candle, sometimes considered an omen of misfortune.

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Origin of winding sheet

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425
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winding sheet

noun

a sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial; shroud
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