means to “carry to one's mouth” “to
ad-orare). The Romans performed adoration by
placing their right hand on their mouth and bowing. The Greeks paid
adoration to kings by putting the royal robe to their lips. The Jews
kissed in homage: thus God said to Elijah he had 7,000 in Israel who
had not bowed unto Baal, “every mouth which hath not kissed
him” (1 Kings xix, 18; see also
“Kiss the Son lest He be angry” (Psalm
ii. 12), means worship, reverence the Son. Even in England we
do homage by kissing the hand of the sovereign.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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