from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large basin used in the ancient Jewish Temple by a priest for ablutions before making a sacrificial offering.
- n. Archaic A vessel, stone basin, or trough used for washing.
- n. Any of several dried, edible seaweeds of the genera Porphyra (the red algae) and Ulva (the green algae).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A red alga of the genus Porphyra.
- n. A wash-basin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A vessel for washing; a large basin.
- n. A large brazen vessel placed in the court of the Jewish tabernacle where the officiating priests washed their hands and feet.
- n. One of several vessels in Solomon's Temple in which the offerings for burnt sacrifices were washed.
- n. That which washes or cleanses.
- n. One who laves; a washer.
- n. The fronds of certain marine algæ used as food, and for making a sauce called laver sauce. Green laver is the Ulva latissima; purple laver, Porphyra laciniata and Porphyra vulgaris. It is prepared by stewing, either alone or with other vegetables, and with various condiments; -- called also sloke, or sloakan.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A basin, bowl, trough, or cistern to wash in.
- n. In heraldry, a colter or plowshare when used as a bearing.
- n. Either of two species of algæ. of the genus Porphyra, P. laciniata and P. vulgaris, known in Ireland and Scotland as sloke or Sloakan.
- n. A dish composed of one of the above algæ or of some similar seaweed. See laver-bread.
- n. Figuratively, the baptismal font; the spiritual regeneration of baptism; any cleansing of the spirit.
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- n. Australian tennis player who in 1962 was the second man to win the Australian and French and English and United States singles titles in the same year; in 1969 he repeated this feat (born in 1938)
- n. seaweed with edible translucent crinkly green fronds
- n. edible red seaweeds
- n. (Old Testament) large basin used by a priest in an ancient Jewish temple to perform ritual ablutions
Middle English, water pitcher, from Old French laveoir, probably from Late Latin lavātōrium; see lavatory.
Middle English, a water plant, from Old English læfer, from Latin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin (see below). (Wiktionary)
From Old French laveoir, from Latin lavatorium. Compare lavatory. (Wiktionary)