from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ancient instrument resembling the castanets.
- n. In zoology, a rattle or rattling-organ, as that on the tail of a rattlesnake. See cut under rattlesnake.
- n. A talc-like spot at the base of the upper wings of certain Locustidæ.
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As the priest solemnly elevates the Host, they lift his chasuble, and in place of the bell, the “crepitaculum” or noisemaker is sounded.
The poor animal, between a man and a monkey, piping harsh discords upon a hautboy, the girl whirling her _crepitaculum_, or rattle, and the boy beating his drum, conclude the catalogue of this harmonious band.
Et mihi adhuc superstes est tota illa editio prima, quam quasi crepitaculum per quod dentes caninos dentibam retineo.
Et mihi adhue superstes est tota illa editio prima, quam quasi crepitaculum per quod dentes caninos dentibam retineo.
In place of the bells at Mass is used a “crepitaculum”, or noisemaker, the dissonant sound of which indicates that this is also an occasion of mourning for the Church, the night of Christ’s betrayal, His abandonment by the Disciples, and His imprisonment, before His condemnation to death on the following day.
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