ablution block

noun

chiefly Australia, New Zealand & South Africa
: a building in a public area (such as a park or campground) with facilities for washing and one or more toilets
The group will likely be building an ablution block in one of city's villages or communes—but won't know exactly what task they'll undertake until they arrive on Sunday.Nicola Brennan-Tupara, Waikola (New Zealand) Times, 2 Mar. 2011

Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ablution block was in 1962

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“Ablution block.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ablution%20block. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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