noun Roman Catholic Church.
Origin of Asperges
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Historical Examples of asperges
With a slow movement, he raised three times the asperges brush, and he purified him with a gentle rain.The Dream
Asperges me hyssopo et mundabor, lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.Olive in Italy
Much hyssop grows here, Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor.Letters from the Holy Land
noun RC Church
Word Origin for Asperges
1550s, from Latin asperges, 2nd person singular future indicative of aspergere "to scatter, strew upon, sprinkle," from ad "to" (see ad-) + spargere "to sprinkle" (see sparse). The word is taken from the phrase Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor, from Psalm 51 (Vulgate), sung during the rite of sprinkling a congregation with holy water.