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laver1

[ley-ver]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. Ecclesiastical. the font or water of baptism.
  3. any spiritually cleansing agency.
  4. Archaic.
    1. a basin, bowl, or cistern to wash in.
    2. any bowl or pan for water.
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Origin of laver1

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

laver2

[ley-ver]
noun
  1. any of several edible seaweeds, especially of the genus Porphyra.
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Origin of laver2

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

Laver

[ley-ver]
noun
  1. Rod(ney George),born 1938, Australian tennis player.
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Historical Examples

  • She had seen the man Laver rush forward at the sound of the whistle.

    The Motor Pirate

    George Sidney Paternoster

  • Hence, it is only as I am making use of the laver that I can approach the altar.

    Notes on the book of Exodus

    C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh

  • The principal food of this Goose consists of grass, wrack, and laver.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon

  • In this stood the Altar, the Laver, and the Tabernacle itself.

  • That He might sanctify her, having cleansed her in the laver of water by the word.


British Dictionary definitions for laver

laver1

noun
  1. Old Testament a large basin of water used by the priests for ritual ablutions
  2. the font or the water of baptism
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French laveoir, from Late Latin lavātōrium washing place

laver2

noun
  1. any of several seaweeds of the genus Porphyra and related genera, with edible fronds: phylum Rhodophyta (red algae)
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin

Laver

noun
  1. Rod (ney) (George). born 1938, Australian tennis player: won eleven Grand Slam singles titles (1960–69), including all four in a single year twice (1962, 1969)
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