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nounPlural aspergillums, Plural aspergilla
An implement for sprinkling holy water.
- ‘An aspersorium (sometimes aspersory) is the bucket-like vessel which holds the Holy Water and into which the aspergillum is dipped.’
- ‘The aspersorium, containing a small amount of holy water, and aspergillum are placed at the sedilia for use during the final Commendation.’
- ‘Suspended from a rod attached to the frame of what must be a devotional picture, the bucket has been turned into a container for holy water with the addition of an aspergillum.’
- ‘In studying the shape of the fungus he was reminded of an aspergillum, the instrument used for the dispersion of holy water in catholic churches, and so the fungus got its name.’
- ‘Fortunately the candles were all new and very tall, so no one was forced to make a mad grab for the aspergilla and extinguish the bouquets.’
- ‘Use your imagination, remembering that the aspergillums should be sturdy, and that they will be burned or otherwise disposed of at the end of the ceremony.’
- ‘This little device is called aspergillum, after the Latin word for sprinkling, which is aspergo.’
- ‘Within this religious setting, the pot thus functions as a vessel for holy water and the wand as an aspergillum.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin.
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