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libation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Libation  \Li*ba"tion\  (l[-i]*b[=a]"sh[u^]n),  n.  [L.  libatio,  fr 
  libare  to  take  a  little  from  anything  to  taste,  to  pour  out 
  as  an  offering:  cf  F.  libation.] 
  The  act  of  pouring  a  liquid  or  liquor,  usually  wine,  either 
  on  the  ground  or  on  a  victim  in  sacrifice,  in  honor  of  some 
  deity;  also  the  wine  or  liquid  thus  poured  out  --Dryden. 
 
  A  heathen  sacrifice  or  libation  to  the  earth.  --Bacon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  libation 
  n  1:  (facetious)  a  serving  of  an  alcoholic  beverage 
  2:  a  serving  (of  wine)  poured  out  in  honor  of  a  deity 
  3:  the  act  of  pouring  a  liquid  offering  (especially  wine)  as  a 
  religious  ceremony 




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