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libation    
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.
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A heathen sacrifice or libation to the earth. --Bacon.
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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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