Housel was, until the
Reformation, the name of the Eucharistin the English language. The meaning of the word is "sacrifice," and "hunsl" appears in the UlfilasGothic version of Matthew : "I will have mercy and not sacrifice."
etymologyis uncertain. The New English Dictionaryconnects it with a Teutonicstem meaning "holy," from which is derived the Lithuanian "szweñtas", and Latvian "swéts". Skeatpoints a connection with a root meaning "to kill," which may connect it with Greek "kaínein".
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