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purificator

[pyoo r-uh-fi-key-ter] /ˈpyʊər ə fɪˌkeɪ tər/
noun, Ecclesiastical.
1.
the linen cloth used by the celebrant for wiping the chalice after each communicant has drunk from it.
2.
a sponge wrapped in cloth used by the celebrant for wiping the hands.
Origin of purificator
1850-1855
1850-55; < Latin pūrificā(re) to purify + -tor -tor
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  • They employ it specially in funeral and expiatory ceremonies as a purificator and as a symbol of immortality.

British Dictionary definitions for purificator

purificator

/ˈpjʊərɪfɪˌkeɪtə/
noun
1.
(Christianity) a small white linen cloth used to wipe the chalice and paten and also the lips and fingers of the celebrant at the Eucharist
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