rere·dos (rîrdŏs′, rîrĭ-, rĕrĭ-)
1. A decorative screen or facing on the wall at the back of an altar.
2. The back of an open hearth of a fireplace.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from areredos : arere, behind (Latin ad-, ad- + Latin retrō, backward; see re- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + dos, back (from Latin dorsum).]
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