grail


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grail \Grail\, n. [F. gr[^e]le hail, from gr['e]s grit, OHG.
   griex, grioz, G. gries, gravel, grit. See Grit.]
   Small particles of earth; gravel. [Obs.]
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         Lying down upon the sandy grail.         --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grail \Grail\ (gr[=a]l), n. [Cf. OF. graite slender, F.
   gr[^e]te.]
   One of the small feathers of a hawk.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grail \Grail\, n. [OF. greel, LL. gradale. See Gradual, n.]
   A book of offices in the Roman Catholic Church; a gradual.
   [Obs.] --T. Warton.
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         Such as antiphonals, missals, grails, processionals,
         etc.                                     --Strype.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grail \Grail\, n. [OF. graal, greal, greet, F. graal, gr['e]al,
   LL. gradalis, gradale, prob. derived fr. L. crater bowl,
   mixing vessel, Gr. krath`r. See Crater.]
   A broad, open dish; a chalice; -- only used of the {Holy
   Grail}.
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   Note: The Holy Grail, according to some legends of the Middle
         Ages, was the cup used by our Savior in dispensing the
         wine at the last supper; and according to others, the
         platter on which the paschal lamb was served at the
         last Passover observed by our Lord. This cup, according
         to the legend, if appoached by any but a perfectly pure
         and holy person, would be borne away and vanish from
         the sight. The quest of the Holy Grail was to be
         undertaken only by a knight who was perfectly chaste in
         thought, word, and act.
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