- a former festival in England, held on August 1, in which bread made from the first harvest of corn was blessed.
- a festival (Feast of St. Peter's Chains) observed by Roman Catholics on August 1, in memory of St. Peter's imprisonment and his miraculous deliverance.
Origin of Lammas
Also called Lammas Day.
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The weather had been abnormally dry, and there might after all be no Lammas floods.
Beyond all else, she was interested in the procession of ghosts on Lammas Eve.
The Lammas rights of the parishioners, with respect to this land, are now extinct.Chelsea
"This beats the Lammas flood o' '68," said the landlord, as he led the way to supper.The Story Of Kennett
If you time your visit between Maunday and Lammas, you obtain fourteen thousand years' pardon.Robert Annys: Poor Priest
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- RC Church Aug 1, held as a feast, commemorating St Peter's miraculous deliverance from prison
- Also called: Lammas Day the same day formerly observed in England as a harvest festival. In Scotland Lammas is a quarter day
Old English hlāfmæsse loaf mass
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Word Origin and History for lammas
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