benedicite /ˌbɛnɪˈdʌɪsɪti/


I. noun

1. a blessing, especially a grace said at table in religious communities.
2. ( the Benedicite) the canticle used in the Anglican service of matins beginning ‘O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord’, the text being taken from the Apocrypha.
– origin Latin, ‘bless ye!’, plural imperative from benedicere ‘wish well’; the first word of the canticle in Latin.

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