Aquamanilia

aquamanile

[ak-wuh-muh-nahy-lee, ah-kwuh-muh-nee-ley]
noun, plural aquamaniles [ak-wuh-muh-nahy-leez, ah-kwuh-muh-nee-leys] , aquamanilia [ak-wuh-muh-nil-ee-uh, ah-kwuh-] .
1.
a medieval ewer, often made in grotesque animal forms.
2.
Ecclesiastical. a basin used by a celebrant for washing the hands during the saying of the Mass.


Origin:
1870–75; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin: alteration (perhaps by association with manus hand) of Latin aquimināle, aquae mānāle ewer, equivalent to aquae, genitive of aqua water + mānāle (or manāle), perhaps derivative of mānāre to flow, pour

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