housel

[ hou-zuhl ]
/ ˈhaʊ zəl /
Archaic.

noun

the Eucharist.
the act of administering or receiving the Eucharist.

verb (used with object), hou·seled, hou·sel·ing or (especially British) hou·selled, hou·sel·ling.

to administer the Eucharist to.

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Origin of housel

First recorded before 900; Middle English; (noun) Old English hūsl “the Eucharist,” probably originally, “offering”; cognate with Old Norse hūsl, Gothic hunsl “sacrifice, offering”
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British Dictionary definitions for housel

housel
/ (ˈhaʊzəl) /

noun

a medieval name for Eucharist

verb -sels, -selling or -selled or US -sels, -seling or -seled

(tr) to give the Eucharist to (someone)

Word Origin for housel

Old English hūsl; related to Gothic hunsl sacrifice, Old Norse hūsl
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