su·​dar·​i·​um | \ süˈda(a)rēəm \
plural sudaria\ -​ēə \

Definition of sudarium

1 : a linen square carried by the upper classes in Roman times (as for wiping perspiration from the face) : handkerchief
2 : an image of the face of Christ painted on a cloth and used as an aid to devotion : veronica

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History and Etymology for sudarium

Latin, from sudare to sweat + -arium -ary

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“Sudarium.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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