la·​va·​bo | \ lə-ˈvä-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce lavabo (audio) \
plural lavabos

Definition of lavabo

1 often capitalized : a ceremony at Mass in which the celebrant washes his hands after offering the oblations and says Psalm 25:6–12 (Douay Version)
2a : a washbasin and a tank with a spigot that are fastened to a wall
b : this combination used as a planter

First Known Use of lavabo

circa 1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lavabo

Latin, I shall wash, from lavare

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“Lavabo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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