- a medieval ewer, often made in grotesque animal forms.
- Ecclesiastical. a basin used by a celebrant for washing the hands during the saying of the Mass.
Origin of aquamanile
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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