chrisom Child (A), a child that dies within a month of its birth.
The chrisom was the linen cloth, or garment, which the priest put on the recently baptized child.
The place dripped radiance; was filling like a chrisom with radiance.
She said no word thereon: as for her shrift,No chrisom child could show a chart of thoughtsMore spotless than were hers.
"oil mingled with balm," Old English chrisma, from Church Latin chrisma, from Greek khrisma "an unguent, anointing, unction," from khriein "to anoint," from PIE root *ghrei- "to rub" (cf. Lithuanian griejù "to skim the cream off"). Chrisom "baptismal robe," is a c.1200 variant of this. Related: Chrismal; chrismatory.