HOST . (I) (Through the O . Fr. oste or
See also:modern hole, from
See also:Lat. hospes, a
See also:guest or host; hospes being probably from an
See also:original hostipes, one who feeds a stranger or enemy, from hostis and the
See also:root of pascere), one who receives another into his
See also:house and provides him with lodging and entertainment, especially one who does this in return for payment . The word is thus transferred, in
See also:biology, to an animal or plant upon which a parasite lives . (2) (From Lat. hostis, a stranger or enemy; in .Med . Latin a military expedition), a very large gathering of men, armed for war, an army, and so used generally of any multitude . In biblical use the word is applied to the
See also:company of angels in
See also:heaven; or to the
See also:moon and stars, the " hosts of heaven," and also to translate "
See also:Jehovah Sabaoth," the
See also:God of hosts, the lord of the armies of
See also:Israel or of the hosts of heaven . (3) (From Lat. hostia, a victim or sacrifice), the sacrifice of Christ's
See also:body and
See also:blood in the Eucharist, more particularly the consecrated
See also:wafer used in the service of the mass in the
See also:Church (see EUCHARIST) .
HOSTAGE (through Fr. ostage, modern otage, from Lat...
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