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washstand

[wosh-stand, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌstænd, ˈwɔʃ-/
noun
1.
a piece of furniture holding a basin, pitcher, etc., for use in washing one's hands and face.
2.
a stationary fixture having faucets with running water, for the same purpose.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; wash + stand
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washstand

/ˈwɒʃˌstænd/
noun
1.
a piece of furniture designed to hold a basin, etc, for washing the face and hands
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washstand

from the beginning of the 19th century until well into the 20th, an essential piece of bedroom furniture. The washstand consisted of a wooden structure of varying shape and complexity intended to accommodate a large basin, a pitcher, a toothbrush jar, and various other toilet accessories, frequently including one or more chamber pots housed in cupboards at the base of the structure. The top and the "splash back" that terminated the washstand were usually of marble or tiles set into a wooden frame; occasionally the basin was suspended from a circular hole cut into the table surface. A special kind of French marble known as "St. Anne's" was usually employed, as it resisted the action of the alkali in soap.

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