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χέρνιψ from χερνίπτομαι 1

1.water for washing the hands, before meals, or before sacrifices and religious services, Od., Ar. χέρνιβες, purifications with holy water, Eur.; εἴργεσθαι χερνίβων to be excluded from the use thereof, as were those defiled by bloodshed, Dem.; χέρνιβας νέμειν to allow the use of it, Soph.; χερνίβων κοινωνός a partaker therein, i. e. a member of the household, Aesch.
3.rarely of libations to the dead, id=Aesch., Soph.

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