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 [OED to expose to the smoke of some curative substance] v.t. to expose to smoke in order to dispel evil spells or spirits, especially in the phrases:

smoke the house to take a burning rag or plant through all the rooms of a house in which some-one has died;

smoke the navel to exhale smoke into a baby's navel (Dorsett 1980:9).

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Last update: 2011-09-26 19:16
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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Comment of Krystal King:
This is to let smoke pass through all of the rooms in the house so that no spirits will be travelling throughout the house.
Added at: 2013-09-23 02:25