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lustral

Line breaks: lus|tral
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌstr(ə)l
 
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Definition of lustral in English:

adjective

Relating to or used in ceremonial purification: in certain contexts, lustral basins are more plausibly interpreted as bathrooms
More example sentences
  • Many conical cups were brought to light in the West Court, while ceremonies in the Great Hall, with a platform for a lustral basin, were perhaps characterized by restricted attendance.
  • The prairies of Iowa and Kansas offer dry land aplenty, and water here is not a carrier of paralyzing sorrow but a healing substance, lustral and often luminous.
  • ‘Look,’ said the boy with the slender ankles, ‘it's a lustral basin.'

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin lustralis, from lustrum (see lustrum).

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