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viaticum

[ vahy-at-i-kuhm, vee- ]
/ vaɪˈæt ɪ kəm, vi- /
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noun, plural vi·at·i·ca [vahy-at-i-kuh, vee-], /vaɪˈæt ɪ kə, vi-/, vi·at·i·cums.

Ecclesiastical. the Eucharist or Communion as given to a person dying or in danger of death.
(among the ancient Romans) a provision or allowance for traveling, originally of transportation and supplies, later of money, made to officials on public missions.
money or necessities for any journey.

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Origin of viaticum

1555–65; <Latin viāticum, neuter of viāticus, equivalent to viāt(us) (past participle of viāre to travel; see via, -ate1) + -icus-ic; cf. voyage
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British Dictionary definitions for viaticum

viaticum
/ (vaɪˈætɪkəm) /

noun plural -ca (-kə) or -cums

Christianity Holy Communion as administered to a person dying or in danger of death
rare provisions or a travel allowance for a journey

Word Origin for viaticum

C16: from Latin, from viāticus belonging to a journey, from viāre to travel, from via way
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