Catherine Wheel
   St. Catherine of Alexandria in the year 307 A.D. supposedly suffered martyrdom when she protested the persecutions of Christians during the reign of Emperor Maximmus. She had adroitly defended the Christian faith at a public disputation with certain heathen philosophers, whereupon the emperor sentenced her to imprisonment. He became further incensed, however, upon learning that Catherine had won over to Christianity both his wife and the Roman general who escorted Catherine to prison. She was then ordered broken on the spiked wheel. According to one story, however, the wheel broke, and Catherine was then axed and her body carried to Mount Sinai by angels. Whether Catherine

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  • catherine wheel — [[t]kæ̱θərɪn (h)wiːl[/t]] catherine wheels N COUNT A catherine wheel is a firework in the shape of a circle which spins round and round …   English dictionary

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