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ablution
used in Moby Dick

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the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
  • At that time in the morning any Christian would have washed his face; but Queequeg, to my amazement, contented himself with restricting his ablutions to his chest, arms, and hands.
    Chapters 4-6 -- The Counter-Pane; Breakfast; The Street (45% in)
  • ...and placed upon the try-works, completely hiding the pots; every cask is out of sight; all tackles are coiled in unseen nooks; and when by the combined and simultaneous industry of almost the entire ship's company, the whole of this conscientious duty is at last concluded, then the crew themselves proceed to their own ablutions; shift themselves from top to toe; and finally issue to the immaculate deck, fresh and all aglow, as bridegrooms new-leaped from out the daintiest Holland.
    Chapters 97-99 -- The Lamp; Stowing Down & Clearing Up; Doubloon (23% in)

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