plural aquamaniles
or aquamanilia
: 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


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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