from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ecclesiastical A cloth used to clean the chalice after the celebration of the Eucharist.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who, or that which, purifies; a purifier.
  • n. The napkin used to wipe the lip of the chalice during Holy Communion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, purifies; a purifier.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, a cloth or napkin used to wipe the chalice before the mixture (krasis) and oblation, and the celebrant's fingers and mouth and the holy vessels after the ablutions.


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