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  • n. A ewer or jug-like vessel, shaped like an animal or human figure, used for washing the hands.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as aquƦmanale.


Latin (Wiktionary)


  • "Statuta antiqua" (fifth century): "Subdiaconus cum ordinatur ... accipiat ... de manu archidiaconi urceolum, aquamanile et manutergium" (when a subdeacon is ordained he shall receive from the hand of the archdeacon a water-pitcher, a finger-bowl, and a manuterge) is written regarding the rite used in bestowing the subdiaconate, a ceremony in practice, of course, today.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • Here we must mention first of all the numerous baptismal fonts of bronze, which are decorated on their outer sheathing with representations in relief and architectural ornament, next the seven-armed candelabra, door-knobs, water-vessels (aquamanile), lecterns, especially the beautiful eagle-lecterns.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • Several new varieties of metalwork also were added to the old, especially the aquamanile, i.e., a vessel in the form of an animal, used for washing the hands, and the metal structures placed upon the altar; other articles assumed new forms.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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  • from Wikipedia:
    In Christian liturgical usage, an aquamanile (plural aquamanilia or simply aquamaniles) is a special ewer for the ritual washing of hands (aqua + manos) over a basin, in the ritual of the lavabo, in which the officiating priest washes his hands before vesting, again before the consecration of the Eucharist and after mass.

    January 24, 2008