from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as alms-basin.


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  • Hence the Jerusalem Talmud in the place above quoted, The alms-dish was for every man.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • The chief service, consisting of two cups with covers, two flagons, an alms-dish and two patens with covers, was made for James, Duke of Lenox and Richmond, in London in 1653-54.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester A Description of its Fabric and a Brief History of the Episcopal See

  • _ -- In Bardsea Church, Island of Furness, is an alms-dish (?) of a large size, apparently very old, gilt, and bearing the following inscription: --

    Notes and Queries, Number 61, December 28, 1850

  • The Hindoos say that the goddess Gungu -- who was produced from the sweat of Vrishnoo's foot, which Brumha caught and preserved in his alms-dish -- came down from heaven, and divided herself into one hundred streams, which are the mouths of the river Ganges.

    Dr. Scudder's Tales for Little Readers, About the Heathen.

  • Arthur come over with her to Brodnyx and Pedlinge on the Sundays she felt inclined to go to church, saying that she did not care for their ways at Romney, where they had a lot of ceremonial centering round the alms-dish.

    Joanna Godden

  • He saw him, a simple man in a yellow robe, bearing the alms-dish in his hand, walking silently.


  • In the town of Savathi, every child knew the name of the exalted Buddha, and every house was prepared to fill the alms-dish of Gotama's disciples, the silently begging ones.


  • The majority of the monks went out with their alms-dish, to collect food in town for their lunch, the only meal of the day.


  • Possibly the struggle for precedence in going up to make the offering, of which we read in Chaucer, tended to bring this method of contributing into disfavour and led to the carrying round of an alms-dish or bag from bench to bench as is commonly done at present.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • Suggesting one of the great shields of beaten gold that King Solomon had made for the Temple of Jerusalem, an alms-dish stood on edge, and leant against the retable to the right of the veiled chalice.

    Simon Called Peter


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