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aspergillum

[as-per-jil-uh m] /ˌæs pərˈdʒɪl əm/
noun, plural aspergilla
[as-per-jil-uh] /ˌæs pərˈdʒɪl ə/ (Show IPA),
aspergillums. Roman Catholic Church
1.
a brush or instrument for sprinkling holy water; aspersorium.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin asperg(ere) to besprinkle (see a-5, sparge) + -illum diminutive suffix
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aspergillum

/ˌæspəˈdʒɪləm/
noun (pl) -gilla (-ˈdʒɪlə), -gillums, -gills
1.
another term for aspersorium (sense 2)
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin aspergillum, from Latin aspergere, from spargere to sprinkle
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