[[t]ˌæs pərˈdʒɪl əm[/t]] n. pl. -gil•la [[t]-ˈdʒɪl ə[/t]] -gil•lums
rel a brush or instrument for sprinkling holy water
Etymology: 1640–50; < NL, = L asperg(ere) to sprinkle (see asperse) +-illum dim. suffix

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Aspergillum — (röm. Ant.), 1) Sprengwedel, womit der Priester nach Leichenbegängnissen die Anwesenden durch Besprengen mit Wasser reinigte; 2) (Zool.), so v.w. Arytaene Ok., Siebmuschel od. Gießkanne …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Aspergillum — (lat.), der Weihwedel …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Aspergillum — oder Aspersorium, der Weihwedel; aspergiren, besprengen …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • aspergillum — [as΄pərjil΄as΄pər jil′əm] n. pl. aspergilla [as΄pər jil′ə] or aspergillums [ModL < L aspergere (see ASPERSE) + neut. dim. suffix illum] R.C.Ch. a brush or perforated container for sprinkling holy water: also aspergill [as΄pərjil΄] …   English World dictionary

  • Aspergillum — An aspergillum (less commonly, aspergilium or aspergil) is a liturgical implement used to sprinkle holy water. It comes in two common forms: a brush that is dipped in the water and shaken, and a perforated ball at the end of a short handle. Some… …   Wikipedia

  • Aspergillum — Aspergill As per*gill, ||Aspergillum As per*gil lum, n. [LL. aspergillum, fr. L. aspergere. See {Asperse}, v. t.] 1. The brush used in the Roman Catholic church for sprinkling holy water on the people. [Also written aspergillus.] [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aspergillum — noun (plural aspergilla or lums) Etymology: New Latin, from Latin aspergere Date: 1649 a brush or small perforated container with a handle that is used for sprinkling holy water in a liturgical service …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aspergillum — /as peuhr jil euhm/, n., pl. aspergilla / jil euh/, aspergillums. Rom. Cath. Ch. a brush or instrument for sprinkling holy water; aspersorium. [1640 50; < NL, equiv. to L asperg(ere) to besprinkle (see A 5, SPARGE) + illum dim. suffix] * * * …   Universalium

  • aspergillum — noun a perforated container for holding holy water …   Wiktionary

  • aspergillum — vessel for sprinkling holy water Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • aspergillum — n. aspersorium, perforated container or brush for sprinkling holy water …   English contemporary dictionary

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