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

  • n. A day reserved for prayer and fasting by some Christian churches, observed on the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the first Sunday of Lent, after Whitsunday, after September 14, and after December 13.

Etymologies

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

Middle English ymber daye, from Old English ymbrendæg : ymbryne, recurrence, course of time (ymbe, around; see ambhi in Indo-European roots + ryne, a running; see rei- in Indo-European roots) + dæg, day; see day.

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