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housel

[hou-zuh l] /ˈhaʊ zəl/
noun
1.
the Eucharist.
2.
the act of administering or receiving the Eucharist.
verb (used with object), houseled, houseling or (especially British) houselled, houselling.
3.
to administer the Eucharist to.
Origin
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English hūsl the Eucharist, probably orig. offering; cognate with Old Norse hūsl, Gothic hunsl sacrifice, offering; (v.) Middle English houselen, Old English hūslian, derivative of the noun
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British Dictionary definitions for houselled

housel

/ˈhaʊzəl/
noun
1.
a medieval name for Eucharist
verb -sels, -selling, -selled (US) -sels, -seling, -seled
2.
(transitive) to give the Eucharist to (someone)
Word Origin
Old English hūsl; related to Gothic hunsl sacrifice, Old Norse hūsl
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