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- n. purification, rejuvenation, renewal, especially ritual or ceremonial
- n. the object of such purification; a sacrifice
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Purification; a sacrifice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman antiquity, the ceremony of religious purification, especially as performed at the festival of the Lupercalia on the 15th of February.
From Latin februatio, from februare ‘purify’. (Wiktionary)