noun (1)
la·​ver | \ ˈlā-vər How to pronounce laver (audio) \

Definition of laver

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a large basin used for ceremonial ablutions in the ancient Jewish Tabernacle and Temple worship


noun (2)
la·​ver | \ ˈlā-vər How to pronounce laver (audio) , ˈlä- How to pronounce laver (audio) \

Definition of laver (Entry 2 of 3)

: any of several common red algae (genus Porphyra) with fronds used especially for stewing or pickling — compare nori


biographical name
La·​ver | \ ˈlā-vər How to pronounce Laver (audio) \

Definition of Laver (Entry 3 of 3)

Rod(ney George) 1938–     Australian tennis player

First Known Use of laver

Noun (1)

1535, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for laver

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

New Latin, from Latin, a water plant

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“Laver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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