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French the fox was called goupil, hence the word goupillon, one of the expressions for holy water sprinkler.
The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability
At the widely opened western door, the curé stood, holding the goupillon, or holy-water sprinkler, and the horses were slowly led round the church, row after row, seven times, and each time that they passed before him the curé sprinkled them with holy water.
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