Meaning of viaticum

vi•at•i•cum

Pronunciation: (vī-at'i-kum, vē-), [key]
— pl. -ca -cums.
  1. the Eucharist or Communion as given to a person dying or in danger of death.
  2. (among the ancient Romans) a provision or allowance for traveling, originally of transportation and supplies, later of money, made to officials on public missions.
  3. money or necessities for any journey.
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