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Chrisom

Chrisom

[kriz-uhm]
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.

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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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