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 (ăk′wə-mə-nī′lē, ä′kwə-mə-nē′lā)
n. pl. aq·ua·ma·ni·les (-nī′lēz, -nē′lās) or aq·ua·ma·ni·li·a (-nĭl′ē-ə)
A vessel, often in the shape of an animal, used to pour water over the hands, especially in ritual cleansing.

[Medieval Latin aquaemanīle, aquamanīle, alteration (perhaps influenced by Latin manus, hand) of Latin aquimināle, wash-basin, variant of earlier aquae mānāle aquae manāle (form uncertain) : aquae, genitive of aqua, water; see akw in Indo-European roots + probably mānāle, ewer (from neuter of mānālis, flowing : mānāre, to trickle, flow + -ālis, adjectival suffix).]
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(ˌækwəməˈnaɪliː; ˌækwəməˈniːliː) (ˌækwəməˈneɪliː) or


a medieval water vessela basin used by a Roman Catholic priest to wash his hands during Mass
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Dating directly from the Middle Ages is a group of no less inventive aquamaniles at Christie's London.
So the Schlusselfelder Ship, displayed together with its exravagant carrying case, belongs with the aquamaniles, which were drinking vessels in the form of unicorns or griffins, mastiffs or lions, and leaves us with the question of what these fierce shapes transmitted to the liquor poured from their muzzles?
As far back as 1993, the Sheikh was rumoured to have paid 2.42 million [pounds sterling] for a bronze lion, one of a group of eleventh-century western Islamic aquamaniles that have appeared at Christie's over a number of years, consigned by a 'noble European family'.