as·​per·​gil·​lum | \ ˌa-spər-ˈji-ləm How to pronounce aspergillum (audio) \
plural aspergilla\ ˌa-​spər-​ˈji-​lə How to pronounce aspergilla (audio) \ or aspergillums

Definition of aspergillum

: a brush or small perforated container with a handle that is used for sprinkling holy water in a liturgical service

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Examples of aspergillum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Harvard University researchers hoping to build stronger and lighter structures looked for inspiration in the deep-water sponge Euplectella aspergillum, whose tubelike skeleton forms a square grid with diagonal reinforcements. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, "Deep-Sea Sponge Skeletons Could Inspire Better Bridges," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of aspergillum

1649, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aspergillum

New Latin, from Latin aspergere

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The first known use of aspergillum was in 1649

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6 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aspergillum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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