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noun (1)

la·​ver ˈlā-vər How to pronounce laver (audio)
: a large basin used for ceremonial ablutions in the ancient Jewish Tabernacle and Temple worship


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noun (2)

la·​ver ˈlā-vər How to pronounce laver (audio) ˈlä- How to pronounce laver (audio)
: any of several common red algae (genus Porphyra) with fronds used especially for stewing or pickling compare nori

Examples of laver in a Sentence

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Sauteed vegetables, ground beef, sweet pickled radish, and rice, rolled and tightly wrapped in a sheet of laver seaweed (gim), and then sliced into bite-sized circles. Violet Kim, CNN, 28 June 2023

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English lavour, from Anglo-French lavour, lavere, from Medieval Latin lavatorium

Noun (2)

New Latin, from Latin, a water plant

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1535, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laver was in 1535

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“Laver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

La·​ver ˈlā-vər How to pronounce Laver (audio)
Rod(ney George) 1938–     Australian tennis player

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