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[as-per-sawr-ee-uh m, -sohr-] /ˌæs pərˈsɔr i əm, -ˈsoʊr-/
noun, plural aspersoria
[as-per-sawr-ee-uh, -sohr-] /ˌæs pərˈsɔr i ə, -ˈsoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
aspersoriums. Roman Catholic Church.
a vessel for holding holy water.
Origin of aspersorium
From Medieval Latin, dating back to 1860-65; See origin at asperse, -tory2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And those figures that moved about it, with censor and aspersorium, were as angels for tenderness and dignity and undoubted power.

    None Other Gods Robert Hugh Benson
  • A brush or aspersorium, used for sprinkling holy water, was leaning against the wall.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham
  • The brush used for sprinkling is an aspergill (aspergillum), or aspersoir, and the vessel for this water an aspersorium.

British Dictionary definitions for aspersorium


noun (RC Church) (pl) -ria (-rɪə), -riums
a basin containing holy water with which worshippers sprinkle themselves
Also called aspergillum. a perforated instrument used to sprinkle holy water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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