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aspergillum

[ as-per-jil-uhm ]
/ ˌæs pərˈdʒɪl əm /
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noun, plural as·per·gil·la [as-per-jil-uh], /ˌæs pərˈdʒɪl ə/, as·per·gil·lums.Roman Catholic Church.

a brush or instrument for sprinkling holy water; aspersorium.

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Origin of aspergillum

1640–50; <New Latin, equivalent to Latin asperg(ere) to besprinkle (see a-5, sparge) + -illum diminutive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for aspergillum

aspergillum

aspergill (ˈæspədʒɪl)

/ (ˌæspəˈdʒɪləm) /

noun plural -gilla (-ˈdʒɪlə), -gillums or -gills

another term for aspersorium (def. 2)
C17: from New Latin aspergillum, from Latin aspergere, from spargere to sprinkle
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