1 [ley-ver]
Old Testament. a large basin upon a foot or pedestal in the court of the hebrew tabernacle and subsequently in the temple, containing water for the ablutions of the priests and for the washing of the sacrifices in the temple service.
Ecclesiastical. the font or water of baptism.
any spiritually cleansing agency.
a basin, bowl, or cistern to wash in.
any bowl or pan for water.

1300–50; Middle English lavo(u)r < Anglo-French lavour, Old French laveoir < Late Latin lavātōrium lavatory Unabridged


2 [ley-ver]
any of several edible seaweeds, especially of the genus Porphyra.

1605–15; < Neo-Latin, special use of Latin laver a water plant


Rod(ney George) born 1938, Australian tennis player. Unabridged
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laver1 (ˈleɪvə)
1.  Old Testament a large basin of water used by the priests for ritual ablutions
2.  the font or the water of baptism
[C14: from Old French laveoir, from Late Latin lavātōrium washing place]

laver2 (ˈlɑːvə)
any of several seaweeds of the genus Porphyra and related genera, with edible fronds: phylum Rhodophyta (red algae)
[C16: from Latin]

Laver (ˈleɪvə)
Rod(ney) (George). born 1938, Australian tennis player: Wimbledon champion 1961, 1962, 1968, 1969; US champion 1962, 1969

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Laver definition

(Heb. kiyor), a "basin" for boiling in, a "pan" for cooking (1 Sam. 2:14), a "fire-pan" or hearth (Zech. 12:6), the sacred wash-bowl of the tabernacle and temple (Ex. 30:18, 28; 31:9; 35:16; 38:8; 39:39; 40:7, 11, 30, etc.), a basin for the water used by the priests in their ablutions. That which was originally used in the tabernacle was of brass (rather copper; Heb. nihsheth), made from the metal mirrors the women brought out of Egypt (Ex. 38:8). It contained water wherewith the priests washed their hands and feet when they entered the tabernacle (40:32). It stood in the court between the altar and the door of the tabernacle (30:19, 21). In the temple there were ten lavers used for the sacrifices, and the molten sea for the ablutions of the priests (2 Chr. 4:6). The position and uses of these are described 1 Kings 7:23-39; 2 Chr. 4:6. The "molten sea" was made of copper, taken from Tibhath and Chun, cities of Hadarezer, king of Zobah (1 Chr. 18:8; 1 Kings 7:23-26). No lavers are mentioned in the second temple.

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any member of the genus Porphyra, a group of marine red algae. The thallus, a sheet of cells embedded in a thin gelatinous stratum, varies in colour from deep brown or red to pink; sexual reproductive structures are borne at the margin. Laver grows near the high-water mark of the intertidal zone in both Northern and Southern hemispheres. It grows best in nitrogen-rich water, such as is found near sewage outlets. Laver is harvested, dried, and used as food in greater amounts than any other seaweed. A major food crop, it is cultivated on ropes in extensive inshore fields in East Asia. It is used as a soup base, as a flavouring for other food, and as a covering for rice-filled sushi. On the Welsh and Scottish coasts, it is sometimes grilled on toast (sloke) and is reported to have an oysterlike taste

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