E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Unhouselled (3 syl.).
Without having had the Eucharist in the hour of death. To housel is to administer the sacrament to the sick in danger of death. Housel is the Saxon husel (the Eucharist). Lye derives it from the Gothic hunsa (a victim).