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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.]
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(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]
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(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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nWeih(wasser) wedel m
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Before we could get started, a prayer was said by a visiting priest who blessed the ingredients by spraying them with an aspergillum. This was certainly unexpected, but it did lend a festive feel along with the choice of classic festive tunes emanating from the speakers.
During pastoral visits, I only need to be greeted by the vicar and his assistant at the main entrance of the church with an aspergillum. I will bless myself and then all the others before proceeding to the altar.
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In his coda to the first essay, Fried unveils an intriguing series of elements common to Emma Bovary's funeral scene and Courbet's Burial at Ornans--a cortege, two choir-boys, women in black mantles, candles, an open grave, an aspergillum and a country setting, among others (103)--arguing, somewhat less convincingly, that Flaubert's awareness of Courbet's "supreme display of pictorial strength may have prompted a special effort of writing [...] when it came time to bury Emma Bovary" (105), and that Flaubert even saw Emma's funeral as an opportunity "at once to subsume and to go beyond" the Burial (104).
This is Umbria, silly, and there are more churches than you could shake an aspergillum and censer at!