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la·ver 1

1. A large basin used in the ancient Jewish Temple by a priest for ablutions before making a sacrificial offering.
2. Archaic A vessel or basin, especially one used for washing.

[Middle English, water pitcher, from Old French laveoir, probably from Late Latin lavātōrium; see lavatory.]

la·ver 2

Any of several dried edible seaweeds, especially red algae of the genus Porphyra and green algae of the genus Ulva.

[Middle English, a water plant, from Old English læfer, from Latin.]
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1. (Bible) Old Testament a large basin of water used by the priests for ritual ablutions
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the font or the water of baptism
[C14: from Old French laveoir, from Late Latin lavātōrium washing place]


(Plants) any of several seaweeds of the genus Porphyra and related genera, with edible fronds: phylum Rhodophyta (red algae)
[C16: from Latin]


(Biography) 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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(ˈleɪ vər)

1. a large basin used by the ancient Jewish priests for ablutions.
2. the font or water of baptism.
3. any spiritually cleansing agency.
4. Archaic.
a. a basin, bowl, or cistern to wash in.
b. any bowl or pan for water.
[1300–50; < Anglo-French lavour, Old French laveoir < Late Latin lavātōrium lavatory]


(ˈleɪ vər)

any of several, usu. edible, seaweeds, esp. of the genus Porphyra.
[1605–15; < New Latin; Latin laver a water plant]
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Noun1.Laver - Australian tennis player who in 1962 was the second man to win the Australian and French and English and United States singles titles in the same year; in 1969 he repeated this feat (born in 1938)
2.laver - (Old Testament) large basin used by a priest in an ancient Jewish temple to perform ritual ablutions
basin - a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids; "she mixed the dough in a large basin"
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
3.laver - edible red seaweeds
red algae - marine algae in which the chlorophyll is masked by a red or purplish pigment; source of agar and carrageenan
genus Porphyra, Porphyra - a genus of protoctist
4.laver - seaweed with edible translucent crinkly green frondslaver - seaweed with edible translucent crinkly green fronds
chlorophyte, green algae - algae that are clear green in color; often growing on wet ricks or damp wood or the surface of stagnant water
genus Ulva, Ulva - type genus of the family Ulvaceae; green seaweed having a thallus two cells thick: sea lettuce
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Now in the generality of free states, the governors and the governed alternately change place; for an equality without any preference is what nature chooses; however, when one governs and another is governed, she endeavours that there should be a distinction between them in forms, expressions, and honours; according to what Amasis said of his laver. This then should be the established rule between the, man and the woman.
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Gabriel Laver, 11, attends Netherton Church of England School and regularly visits Saltwells Woods in Dudley on walks with his family and their dog.
But the Spaniard believes there is one other player that can be placed in the same category as the Swiss ace and that is Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, who is still considered by many as the greatest ever.
CHICAGO -- Europe retained their Laver Cup tennis crown here Sunday as Alexander Zverev defeated Kevin Anderson to complete a 13-8 win over the World team.
It has been selected to host the second edition of Federer's pet project, the Laver Cup, this coming weekend.
And after the last Major of the year in New York, Edmund is set to feature in two team events with Great Britain's Davis Cup World Group play-off against Uzbekistan followed by the Laver Cup in Chicago.
The 36-year-old defending champion reached the fourth round of the Melbourne Park tournament for the 16th time by shifting up the gears when required to see off his French opponent in just under two hours on Rod Laver Arena.