Middle English Dictionary Entry

sponǧe n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) A piece of the elastic, absorbent, and porous spongin skeleton of various species of Porifera, a sponge; (b) the sponge as an instrument of the Passion, the sponge soaked with vinegar and gall offered to Christ on the cross; (c) med. a sponge, often moistened with a medicament or water, for treating wounds, swelling, etc.; also, sponge used as a medicinal ingredient; ~ of the se, se ~; ~ brent (combust), brent ~, burnt or calcined sponge.
A matted tuft of asparagus root; ~ of sparage.
Pumice; -- also pl.; also, ?some kind of stone or coral.

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Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. sponge.