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shroud

 (shroud)
n.
1. A cloth used to wrap a body for burial; a winding sheet.
2. Something that conceals, protects, or screens: under a shroud of fog.
3.
a. Nautical One of a set of ropes or wire cables stretched from the masthead to the sides of a vessel to support the mast.
b. A similar supporting line for a smokestack or comparable structure.
c. One of the ropes connecting the harness and canopy of a parachute.
v. shroud·ed, shroud·ing, shrouds
v.tr.
1. To wrap (a corpse) in burial clothing.
2.
a. To envelop and obscure or shut off from sight: Fog shrouded the city. See Synonyms at block.
b. To envelop or be associated with and make difficult to understand: "Diabetes continued as a kind of underground disease, shrouded in myth and bereft of advocates" (James S. Hirsch).
3. Archaic To shelter; protect.
v.intr. Archaic
To take cover; find shelter.

[Middle English schrud, garment, from Old English scrūd.]
References in classic literature ?
Indeed, whatever being uttered that fearful shriek could not soon repeat it: not the widest-winged condor on the Andes could, twice in succession, send out such a yell from the cloud shrouding his eyrie.
For it would have been impossible for him to hide from Eppie that she was not his own child: even if the most delicate reticence on the point could have been expected from Raveloe gossips in her presence, her own questions about her mother could not have been parried, as she grew up, without that complete shrouding of the past which would have made a painful barrier between their minds.
He would not know that hidden behind the apple-blossoms, or among the golden corn, or under the shrouding boughs of the wood, there might be a human heart beating heavily with anguish--perhaps a young blooming girl, not knowing where to turn for refuge from swift-advancing shame, understanding no more of this life of ours than a foolish lost lamb wandering farther and farther in the nightfall on the lonely heath, yet tasting the bitterest of life's bitterness.