libation

[ lahy-bey-shuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF libation

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I wonder; for there is something besides guanabana in the libation!

One of these was in the form of a man pouring from a cup a libation to the gods.

To gain them you have but to take this goblet and pour the libation on yonder altar.

This libation restored him all his coolness and presence of mind.

For the same reason the cup was offered—broken—with the libation.

What say you, he said, as to making a libation from this potion?

The libation with which the victim was consecrated to death was called immolatio.

I am not fit to receive the libation which will bring offspring.

A second libation followed, this time to “Athene the Keeper of the City.”

To pour out a libation of milk on the road is a sign of welcome in Morocco.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "pouring out of wine in honor of a god," from Latin libationem (nominative libatio) "a drink offering," noun of action from past participle stem of libare "pour out (an offering)," from PIE *(s)leib- "to pour, drop" (cf. Greek leibein "to pour, make a libation"), an enlargement of root *lei- "to pour, to flow" (cf. Sanskrit riyati "to let run;" Greek aleison "a wine vessel;" Lithuanian lieju "to pour," lytus "rain;" Hittite lilai- "to let go;" Albanian lyse, lise "a stream;" Welsh lliant "a stream, a sea," llifo "to flow;" Old Irish lie "a flood;" Breton livad "inundation;" Gaelic lighe "a flood, overflow;" Gothic leithu "fruit wine;" Old Church Slavonic liti, lêju, Bulgarian leja "I pour;" Czech liti, leji, Old Polish lić "to pour"). Transferred sense of "liquid poured out to be drunk" is from 1751. Related: Libations.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR LIBATION

beverage

nounliquid refreshment
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