libation

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A ritual libation

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From Latin libatio, from libare ‎(to take a little from anything, to taste, to pour out as an offering)

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libation ‎(plural libations)

  1. The act of pouring a liquid, most often wine, in sacrifice on the ground, on a ritual object, or on a victim, in honor of some deity.
  2. The wine or liquid thus poured out.
  3. (often humorous) A beverage, especially an alcoholic one.

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