• WordNet 3.6
    • n lavabo a basin for washing the hands (`wash-hand basin' is a British expression)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lavabo Eccles., in the Roman Catholic Church, and in many Anglican churches, the ritual act of washing the celebrant's hands after the offertory and before entering upon the more solemn part of the eucharistic service: so called from the priest's reciting at the time the last part of the 26th psalm, beginning with the sixth verse, “I will wash my hands in innocency,” in Latin, “Lavabo manus meas in innocentia.” In the Greek Church this takes place in the prothesis, before vesting.
    • n lavabo In many monasteries of the middle ages, a large stone basin from which the water issued by a number of small orifices around the edge, for the convenient performance of ablutions before religious exercises or meals. The lavabo was usually placed in a room, itself called lavabo, adjoining the cloister, and sometimes, as at the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay, was the occasion of noteworthy architectural dispositions. Also known in medieval times as lavatorium.
    • n lavabo Hence A convenience of similar object and arrangement in some modern schools or institutions; a lavatory.
    • n lavabo The psalm in the mass service which the priest recites at the washing of his hands.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Lavabo the ritual act of washing the celebrant's fingers after the offertory, before proceeding with the eucharistic service—from Lavabo manus meas in innocentia (Ps. xxvi. 6): a stone basin in monasteries for washing in before meals or religious exercises: a modern convenience or lavatory of similar kind
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. laver—L. lavāre, -ātum; Gr. louein, to wash.


In literature:

The marble Lavabo in the sacristy of San Lorenzo is also a doubtful piece of sculpture.
"Donatello" by David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
An aumbry, lavabo, and piscina are all worthy of study.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury" by H. J. L. J. Massé
The only portions of the monastery which remain in a fair state of preservation are the Chapter House and the Lavabo.
"St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh" by H. J. Lawlor
Also a pretty, early Renaissance lavabo in Istrian stone.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson

In news:

Dune 's "Nereida" mosaic tile in the shower and blue, Lavabo Santorini vessel sinks provide the punch.