from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Roman Catholic Church An instrument, such as a brush or a perforated container, used for sprinkling holy water.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an implement, in the form of a brush, or of a rod with a perforated container, for sprinkling holy water; a holy water sprinkler
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as aspersorium, 1.
- n. A genus of mollusks, the watering-pot shells, of a family Aspergillidæ: a synonym of Brechites.
The aspergillum is the attribute of saints expert at exorcising demons.
Oddly enough morning stars have other names as well, being called “holy water sprinklers” due to the fact that they somewhat resemble the aspergillum used by the church to sprinkle parishioners with holy water, and “goedendag” or “good day”.
(Priest replaces sword, Deacon dips aspergillum in asperging bowl of Witch Water, while Priest begins incantation for The Asperges.)
Yet imagine if Mr. Robinson had written Variable Saint, and it was the same story with one detail changed: in this future, it was discovered that the laws of high energy physics required that a Roman Catholic priest in full canonicals, with miter and alb, had to bless the drive core and sprinkle it with holy water out of an aspergillum before it could ignite!
Father also has this amusing video of a Bishop who confused the microphone and the aspergillum.
"On Shrove Tuesday he the Chaplain will institute a search in the attics to find out where the thurible, incense boat, incense, charcoal and aspergillum have been packed away"': page 218.
Two heralds kept watch day and night, and offered the aspergillum to anyone wishing to sprinkle the effigy with holy water.
Ta-Spon's mace had become an aspergillum that laved the battlefield in blood.
The priest dipped a golden aspergillum into the bowl of water on a stand beside the bier and flicked a few droplets on the face of the corpse.
Replacing the aspergillum, the priest took a pinch of barley meal from golden salver beside the bowl.