from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman antiquity, a pitcher or vessel for pouring out water, used especially for pouring water over the hands into a basin during and after meals.
  • n. The basin in which, according to an ancient church ceremony, the priest washed his hands before celebrating mass.
  • n. A kind of water-ewer formerly used in private houses, and frequently made in grotesque forms. The term is now used specifically in this sense.


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