[pyoo r-uh-fi-key-ter]

noun Ecclesiastical.

the linen cloth used by the celebrant for wiping the chalice after each communicant has drunk from it.
a sponge wrapped in cloth used by the celebrant for wiping the hands.

Nearby words

  1. purgery,
  2. purging nut,
  3. puri,
  4. purification,
  5. purification of the virgin mary,
  6. purificatory,
  7. purified protein derivative of tuberculin,
  8. purifier,
  9. puriform,
  10. purify

Origin of purificator

1850–55; < Latin pūrificā(re) to purify + -tor -tor

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Examples from the Web for purificator

  • They employ it specially in funeral and expiatory ceremonies as a purificator and as a symbol of immortality.

British Dictionary definitions for purificator



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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