from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sprinkle.


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  • I watched Marie-Françoise pinch off the tips of the "asperge sauvage", * motioning for me to do the same.

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  • I watched Marie-Françoise pinch off the tips of the "asperge sauvage",* motioning for me to do the same.

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  • Finally, the Padre took the asperge from the hands of one of the acolytes, and with a sign of the cross in benediction while he chanted the _Asperges_, gently sprinkled the holy water on the upturned face.

    Black Spirits and White A Book of Ghost Stories

  • And that he who, entering into a church, doth not asperge himself with holy water, sinneth not, (461) if so be he do it _circa contemptum_.

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • _chapon roti au cresson_; _asperge au branches_; _glace au chocolat_; _caf‚_; or: _potage au Cr‚cy_; _turbot aux cƒpres_;

    Manners and Social Usages

  • Albertine consented, however, to sacrifice her lettuces, on the condition that I would promise to buy for her in a few days’ time from the woman who cried: “J’ai de la belle asperge d’Argenteuil, j’ai de la belle asperge.”

    The Captive

  • Duxelle (Duxelle) graine (haricot, petit pois) (seed) gousse (haricot, petit pois) (pod) peau (skin) pointe (asperge) (tip) trognon, tige (stalk) grain (ma ïs) (kernel)

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  • It has overtones of purge. And spurge (see euphorbia).

    June 8, 2009

  • I need to be asperged. (Note to self: Don't post late at night)

    June 8, 2009

  • In the old Latin Mass of the Catholic church, Asperges me ("Sprinkle me") was the opening of an antiphon sung or recited while the celebrant sprinkled the congregation with holy water.

    June 7, 2009

  • To asperse?...with an asperges or an aspergillium? I know nothing about it...just a googling smartass.

    Even if it is a word, I think it's a little too close to asperger to be truly pretty.

    June 7, 2009

  • Pretty word.

    June 7, 2009

  • Verb, to asperge, to sprinkle with holy water (using an aspergillum, of course!).

    Evidently form the first word of the Latin text of Psalms 50(51):9 (literally ‘thou shalt purge’ ), recited before Mass during the sprinkling of holy water. Or so says the OAED.

    June 7, 2009