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laver

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[ ley-ver ]
/ ˈleɪ vər /
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noun
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.
Archaic.
  1. a basin, bowl, or cistern to wash in.
  2. any bowl or pan for water.
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Origin of laver

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

Other definitions for laver (2 of 3)

laver2
[ ley-ver ]
/ ˈleɪ vər /

noun
any of several edible seaweeds, especially of the genus Porphyra.

Origin of laver

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

Other definitions for laver (3 of 3)

Laver
[ ley-ver ]
/ ˈleɪ vər /

noun
Rod(ney George), born 1938, Australian tennis player.
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British Dictionary definitions for laver (1 of 3)

laver1
/ (ˈleɪvə) /

noun
Old Testament a large basin of water used by the priests for ritual ablutions
the font or the water of baptism

Word Origin for laver

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

British Dictionary definitions for laver (2 of 3)

laver2
/ (ˈlɑːvə) /

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

Word Origin for laver

C16: from Latin

British Dictionary definitions for laver (3 of 3)

Laver
/ (ˈleɪvə) /

noun
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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