(3 syl.). To sacrifice; literally, “put meal on one.” The reference is to the ancient custom of sprinkling meal and salt on the head of a victim to be offered in sacrifice. (Latin, in-molo.)
“In the picture of the immolation of Isaac, or Abraham sacrificing his son, Isaac is described as a little boy.” —Brown.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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