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spire 1

1. A top part or structure that tapers upward, such as a rock formation or steeple.
2. A slender, tapering plant part.
v. spired, spir·ing, spires
To furnish with a spire.
To rise and taper steeply.

[Middle English, from Old English spīr.]

spire 2

a. A spiral.
b. A single turn of a spiral; a whorl.
2. The area farthest from the aperture and nearest the apex on a coiled gastropod shell.

[Latin spīra, coil, from Greek speira.]
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Worcestershire batsman Reuben Spiring will end a personal nightmare today when he makes his first appearance in the County Championship for 20 months.
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As a result Spiring's return is very timely for stand-in skipper Steve Rhodes.