from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slaughtered animal or other offering burned on an altar as a religious sacrifice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something offered and burnt on an altar, as an atonement for sin; a sacrifice.
- n. Overcooked food.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- something offered and burnt on an altar, as an atonement for sin; a sacrifice. The offerings of the Jews were a clean animal, as an ox, a calf, a goat, or a sheep; or some vegetable substance, as bread, or ears of wheat or barley. Called also burnt sacrifice.
- n. etc. See under Burnt. etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An offering burnt upon an altar as a religious rite; specifically, in the Jewish ritual, an animal or animals of a prescribed kind, the whole of which, after ceremonial preparation, was burned upon an altar; a holocaust.
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