What does the word libation mean?

Usage examples for libation

  1. And in memory of this, whenever an Agharia makes a libation to his ancestors, he first pours a little water on the ground in honour of the dead Chamar. – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  2. The peers assent: the goblet Mulius crown'd With purple juice, and bore in order round: Each peer successive his libation pours To the blest gods who fill'd the ethereal bowers: Then swill'd with wine, with noise the crowds obey, And rushing forth, tumultuous reel away. – The Odyssey of Homer by Homer, translated by Alexander Pope
  3. Their wilful spirit is fled before the last stone of the mausoleum can be got in place, and as it flies it jogs the elbow of the cup- bearer and his libation is spilt idly upon the ground. – Aspects of Literature by J. Middleton Murry
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