Tress (?), n. [OE. tresse, OF. trece, F. tresse, LL. tricia, fr. Gr. tri`cha threefold, because a tress is usually formed by interlacing three pieces; akin to trei^s three. See Three.]
A braid, knot, or curl, of hair; a ringlet.
Her yellow hair was braided in a tress.
Fair tresses man's imperial race insnare.
Fig.: A knot or festoon, as of flowers.
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