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(ăs′pər-jĭl′əm) or as·per·gill (-jĭl)
n. pl. as·per·gil·la (-jĭl′ə) or as·per·gil·lums or as·per·gills Ecclesiastical
An instrument, such as a brush or a perforated container, used for sprinkling holy water.

[New Latin, from Latin aspergere, to sprinkle; see asperse.]


(ˌæspəˈdʒɪləm) or


n, pl -gilla (-ˈdʒɪlə) , -gillums or -gills
(Roman Catholic Church) another term for aspersorium2
[C17: from New Latin aspergillum, from Latin aspergere, from spargere to sprinkle]


(ˌæs pərˈdʒɪl əm)

n., pl. -gil•la (-ˈdʒɪl ə)
a brush or instrument for sprinkling holy water.
[1640–50; < New Latin, = Latin asperg(ere) to sprinkle (see asperse) + -illum diminutive suffix]


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Instead of taking the aspergillum from the copper dish of holy water, Katharina, the mother of the young suicide Jonathan--she was a friend, the deceased had perished on the way to her house to pick up milk--splashed the coffin, already in the grave, with milk from a medicine bottle, and was led to her farmhouse just after the burial by two men, one young and one old, a father and a son, who walked at her right and left, holding her up by her arms.