laver

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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

laver

2 of 2

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

Word History

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Laver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laver. Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Biographical Definition

Laver

biographical name

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

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