from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small bowl that holds water for rinsing the fingers at the table.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small bowl of warm water placed at each seat at a fancy dinner for the guests to rinse their fingers with between courses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a bowl or glass to hold water for rinsing the fingers at table.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bowl or glass for holding the water used to cleanse the fingers at table. Also finger-glass.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small bowl for rinsing the fingers at table


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  • There, Tran had set out a large mixing bowl with a bowling-ball lump of moistened flour, a container with ground up crabmeat, scallions, onions, and paprika, and a small finger bowl of lemon water.

    The Madonnas of Echo Park


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