Definitions

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  • n. A shallow or more or less intermittent spring.
  • n. A violent flow or rush of water.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shallow and more or less intermittent spring.

Etymologies

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Origin uncertain. Possibly from Middle English *lavand, *lavant, lavande, present participle of Middle English laven ("to stream, pour out a stream, wash"), from Old English lafian ("to pour water on, wash, lave, bathe, ladle out"), equivalent to lave +‎ -and; or from Old French lavant, present participle of laver ("to wash"). See lave.

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