AskDefine | Define chrisom

Dictionary Definition

chrisom n : a consecrated ointment consisting of a mixture of oil and balsam [syn: chrism, sacramental oil, holy oil]

Extensive Definition

Anciently, a chrisom was the face-cloth, or piece of linen laid over a child's head when he was baptized or christened. The term has come to refer to a child who died within a month after its baptism—so called for the chrisom cloth that was used as a shroud for it.

References

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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