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1. A white cloth or robe worn by an infant at baptism.
2. Archaic An infant wearing a baptismal robe; a baby.

[Middle English crisom, variant of crisme, chrisom, chrism; see chrism.]
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity a white robe put on an infant at baptism and formerly used as a burial shroud if the infant died soon afterwards
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) archaic an infant wearing such a robe
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a variant spelling of chrism
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(ˈkrɪz əm)

1. chrism.
2. a white cloth or robe put on a person at baptism to signify innocence.
[1400–50; late Middle English krysom, crysum, variant of chrism]
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Noun1.chrisom - a consecrated ointment consisting of a mixture of oil and balsamchrisom - a consecrated ointment consisting of a mixture of oil and balsam
ointment, salve, unguent, balm, unction - semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
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Above were rows of brass railings, boarded with chrisom bedding studded with brilliant stars.
Some of the terms will be familiar, others perhaps less so, for example, biggin for coif and the chrisom cloth laid on a child's head at baptism.
Following the service proper, the liturgical instructions stipulated, again with obvious parallels to the Old Testament, that the woman 'must offer accustomed offerings' (these ranged anywhere from 4d to 11d, though if the child died it was typically 1d-2d, (14) and the offering also included the chrisom cloth, that is the cloth in which the child had been wrapped at baptism).