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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.]
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)
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a large basin used by the ancient Jewish priests for ablutions.
2. the font or water of baptism.
3. any spiritually cleansing agency.
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]
any of several, usu. edible, seaweeds, esp. of the genus Porphyra.
[1605–15; < New Latin; Latin laver a water plant]
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|Noun||1.||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
|4.||laver - 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
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