aquamanile

noun

aq·​ua·​ma·​ni·​le
ˈakwəməˈnī(ˌ)lē,
ˌäkwəməˈnēlē
plural aquamaniles
-ī(ˌ)lēz,
-ēˌlās
or aquamanilia
-ˈnilēə
: a water vessel or ewer
specifically : a vessel used by a priest in the Middle Ages for washing his hands during the celebration of Mass

Word History

Etymology

Late Latin, alteration of Latin aquae manale, from aquae (genitive of aqua water) + manale ewer, from neuter of manalis flowing, from manare to flow + -alis -al

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“Aquamanile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aquamanile. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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