aspergillum

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From Latin aspergillum, from aspergō (sprinkle).

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aspergillum (plural aspergilla or aspergillums)

  1. An implement, in the form of a brush, or of a rod with a perforated container, for sprinkling holy water; a holy water sprinkler.
    • 1994, Juliet Vale (translator), Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie (author), The Royal French State, 1460–1610, “Introduction: Classic Monarchy”, page 6:
      The king’s authority held sway not only over the knight’s mighty sword, but also over the episcopal cross and aspergillum: for the bishops plied back and forth between court and province like all the other lords.

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