the rite of sprinkling the altar, clergy, and people with holy water before High Mass.
With a slow movement, he raised three times the Asperges brush, and he purified him with a gentle rain.
The Dream Emile Zola
Asperges me hyssopo et mundabor, lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.
Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
Much hyssop grows here, Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor.
Letters from the Holy Land Elizabeth Butler
noun (RC Church)
a short rite preceding Mass, in which the celebrant sprinkles those present with holy water to the accompaniment of the chant Asperges me, Domine
the chant opening with these words
1550s, from Latin asperges, 2nd person singular future indicative of aspergere “to scatter, strew upon, sprinkle,” from ad “to” (see ad-) + spargere “to sprinkle” (see sparse). The word is taken from the phrase Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo et mundabor, from Psalm 51 (Vulgate), sung during the rite of sprinkling a congregation with holy water.
a brush or instrument for sprinkling holy water; aspersorium. Historical Examples The brush used for sprinkling is an aspergill (aspergillum), or aspersoir, and the vessel for this water an aspersorium. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7 Various On this table were a silver crucifix, a vase filled with holy water, and an aspergillum. […]
any fungus of the genus Aspergillus, having sporophores with a bristly, knoblike top. Contemporary Examples And with aspergillus, the environment is key: aspergillus is a ubiquitous airborne mold that can cause allergies and hay fever. Contamination Seen as Cause for New Meningitis Outbreak in Five States Kent Sepkowitz October 3, 2012 Historical Examples The aspergillus […]
aspergilloma aspergilloma as·per·gil·lo·ma (ās’pər-jə-lō’mə) n. An infectious granuloma caused by fungi of the genus Aspergillus. A variety of bronchopulmonary aspergillosis characterized by a ball-like mass of the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus in an existing cavity in the lung. Also called fungus ball.
an infection or disease caused by a mold of the genus Aspergillus, characterized by granulomatous lesions of the lungs, skin, etc. noun (pl) -ses (-siːz) a rare fungal infection, esp of the mucous membranes or lungs, caused by various species of Aspergillus aspergillosis as·per·gil·lo·sis (ās’pər-jə-lō’sĭs) n. An infection or a disease caused by fungi of […]
harshness or sharpness of tone, temper, or manner; severity; acrimony: The cause of her anger did not warrant such asperity. hardship; difficulty; rigor: the asperities of polar weather. roughness of surface; unevenness. something rough or harsh. Contemporary Examples He looked at the president when the president spoke, and his expression revealed no asperity or disdain. […]