aquamanile

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Late Latin aquamanile, from Latin aqua (water), and the root of manus (hand).

Noun[edit]

aquamanile (plural aquamaniles or aquamanilia)

  1. (historical) A ewer or jug-like vessel, shaped like an animal or human figure, used for washing the hands.
    • 2007 October 19, Karen Rosenberg, “Sacred Works in Secular Places”, in New York Times[1]:
      Among the medieval treasures at Blumka are a lion aquamanile, a vessel used by priests for ceremonial hand washing, with a magnificent tufted tail.

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