Anciently, a chrisom was the face-cloth, or piece of linen laid over a child's head when he was baptised or christened. The term has come to refer to a child who died within a month after its baptism—so called for the chrisom cloth that was used as a shroud for it.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chambers, Ephraim, ed. (1728). "article name needed". Cyclopaedia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (first ed.). James and John Knapton, et al.
- Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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