aquamanile

noun
aq·​ua·​ma·​ni·​le | \ ˈakwəməˈnī(ˌ)lē, ˌäkwəməˈnēlē \
plural aquamaniles\ -​ī(ˌ)lēz , -​ēˌlās \ or aquamanilia\ -​ˈnilēə \

Definition of aquamanile

: 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

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History and Etymology for aquamanile

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 5 Aug. 2021.

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