lavabo

lavabo

[luh-vey-boh, -vah-]
noun, plural lavaboes.
1.
Ecclesiastical.
a.
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.
b.
the passage recited.
c.
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:
1855–60; < Latin lavābō: I shall wash

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

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