Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or used in a rite of purification.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Used in purification.
  • Pertaining to purification: as, lustral days.
  • Of or pertaining to or occurring in a lustrum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to, or used for, purification
  • adjective Of or pertaining to a lustrum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to (ritual) purification
  • adjective Of or relating to a lustrum, or period of five years.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin lūstrālis, from lūstrum, purification; see luster.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin lustralis, from lustrum: compare French lustral. See lustrum.

Examples

  • Send the maiden out to join her father, for the lustral water stands there ready, and barley-meal to scatter with the hand on the cleansing flame, and heifers to be slain in honour of the goddess Artemis, to usher in the marriage, their black blood spouting from them.

    Iphigenia at Aulis

  • Behold the maiden on her way, the destroyer of Ilium's town and its Phrygians, with garlands twined about her head, and drops of lustral water on her, soon to besprinkle with her gushing blood the altar of a murderous goddess, what time her shapely neck is severed.

    Iphigenia at Aulis

  • Behold the maiden on her way, the destroyer of Ilium's town and its Phrygians, with garlands twined about her head, and drops of lustral water on her, soon to besprinkle with her gushing blood the altar of a murderous goddess, what time her shapely neck is severed.

    Iphigenia at Aulis

  • For thee fair streams of a father's pouring and lustral waters are in store, for thee Achaea's host is waiting, eager to reach the citadel of Ilium.

    Iphigenia at Aulis

  • Calchas, the seer, shall rue beginning the sacrifice with his barley-meal and lustral water.

    Iphigenia at Aulis

  • For thee fair streams of a father's pouring and lustral waters are in store, for thee Achaea's host is waiting, eager to reach the citadel of Ilium.

    Iphigenia at Aulis

  • Ilium's town and the Phrygians; give me wreaths to cast about me; bring them hither; here are my tresses to crown; bring lustral water too.

    Iphigenia at Aulis

  • Send the maiden out to join her father, for the lustral water stands there ready, and barley-meal to scatter with the hand on the cleansing flame, and heifers to be slain in honour of the goddess Artemis, to usher in the marriage, their black blood spouting from them.

    Iphigenia at Aulis

  • Calchas, the seer, shall rue beginning the sacrifice with his barley-meal and lustral water.

    Iphigenia at Aulis

  • Ilium's town and the Phrygians; give me wreaths to cast about me; bring them hither; here are my tresses to crown; bring lustral water too.

    Iphigenia at Aulis

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