noun, plural viatica /vaɪˈætɪkə, vi-/ [vahy-at-i-kuh, vee-] Show IPA , viaticums.
Ecclesiastical. the Eucharist or Communion as given to a person dying or in danger of death.
(among the ancient Romans) a provision or allowance for traveling, originally of transportation and supplies, later of money, made to officials on public missions.
money or necessities for any journey.
< Latin viāticum,
neuter of viāticus,
equivalent to viāt
) (past participle of viāre
to travel; see via
) + -icus -ic
; cf. voyage