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lavabo

[luh-vey-boh, -vah-] /ləˈveɪ boʊ, -ˈvɑ-/
noun, plural lavaboes.
1.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. the ritual washing of the celebrant's hands after the offertory in the Mass, accompanied in the Roman rite by the recitation of Psalm 26:6–12.
  2. the passage recited.
  3. the small towel or the basin used.
2.
(in many medieval monasteries) a large stone basin equipped with a number of small orifices through which water flowed, used for the performance of ablutions.
3.
a washbowl with a spigot-equipped water tank above, both mounted on a wall: now often used for decoration or as a planter.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < Latin lavābō: I shall wash
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lavabo

/ləˈveɪbəʊ/
noun (mainly RC Church) (pl) -boes, -bos
1.
  1. the ritual washing of the celebrant's hands after the offertory at Mass
  2. (as modifier): lavabo basin, lavabo towel
2.
another name for washbasin
3.
a trough for washing in a convent or monastery
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: I shall wash, the opening of Psalm 26:6
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