chrisom child

chrisom child

n. Archaic
An infant that dies before one month of age.
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Will Coster suggests that the term "chrisom child," sometimes found in English parish registers, gradually changed its meaning during the century after the Elizabethan settlement from "recently baptized" to "unbaptized." Until the reunion of soul and body after the Resurrection, earthly graves were the proper repositories for the corpses of the dead.