Aspergillum

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aspergillum (Zoöl) See Wateringpot shell.
    • Aspergillum The brush used in the Roman Catholic church for sprinkling holy water on the people.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aspergillum Same as aspersorium, 1.
    • n aspergillum A genus of mollusks, the watering-pot shells, of a family Aspergillidæ: a synonym of Brechites.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aspergillum as′pėr-jilum a kind of brush used in R.C. churches for sprinkling holy water on the people
    • n Aspergillum as-pėr-jil′um a remarkable genus of boring Lamellibranch Molluscs, in which the shell has the form of an elongated cone, terminating at the lower end in a disc, pierced by numerous small tubular holes
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. aspergillum, fr. L. aspergere,. See Asperse, v. t

Usage

In literature:

On this table were a silver crucifix, a vase filled with holy water, and an aspergillum.
"The Memoirs of Victor Hugo" by Victor Hugo
Associated Words: asperges, aspergill, aspergillum, aspersorium, aspersoir, stoup, font, benitier, cruet, hyssop.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
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