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fasting-spittle

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The saliva of a fasting person, formerly held to be very efficacious in ceremonies, charms, etc.

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Examples

  • Maimonides states that the Jews were expressly forbidden by their traditions to put fasting-spittle upon the eyes on the Sabbath day, because to do so was to perform work, the great Sabbath crime in the eyes of the Pharisees which Christ committed when he moistened the clay with his spittle and anointed the eyes of the blind man therewith on the

    Folk Lore Superstitious Beliefs in the West of Scotland within This Century

  • Eusthenes, hearing them talk, came from between decks, and from the capstan called out to know why a man that is fasting, bit by a serpent also fasting, is in greater danger of death than when man and serpent have eat their breakfasts; -- why a man's fasting-spittle is poisonous to serpents and venomous creatures.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 4

  • Eusthenes, hearing them talk, came from between decks, and from the capstan called out to know why a man that is fasting, bit by a serpent also fasting, is in greater danger of death than when man and serpent have eat their breakfasts; — why a man’s fasting-spittle is poisonous to serpents and venomous creatures.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

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