Word Archaeology: aspergillum

A liturgical device used for sprinkling holy water. Its two common forms are either a brush dipped in water and then shaken, or a perforated silver ball on a stick. The word, first used in 1649, is derived from the Latin “aspergere”, which means to sprinkle or splatter.

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