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la•ver1  (lāvər),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Judaism[Old Testament.]a large basin upon a foot or pedestal in the court of the Hebrew tabernacle and subsequently in the temple, containing water for the ablutions of the priests and for the washing of the sacrifices in the temple service.
  2. Religion[Eccles.]the font or water of baptism.
  3. any spiritually cleansing agency.
  4. [Archaic.]
    • a basin, bowl, or cistern to wash in.
    • any bowl or pan for water.
  • Late Latin lavātōrium lavatory
  • Anglo-French lavour, Old French laveoir
  • Middle English lavo(u)r 1300–50

la•ver2  (lāvər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. any of several edible seaweeds, esp. of the genus Porphyra.
  • Neo-Latin, special use of Latin laver a water plant
  • 1605–15

La•ver  (lāvər),USA pronunciation n. 
  • BiographicalRod(ney George), born 1938, Australian tennis player.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    Laver /ˈleɪvə/ n
    1. Rod(ney) (George). born 1938, Australian tennis player: Wimbledon champion 1961, 1962, 1968, 1969; US champion 1962, 1969



    laver /ˈleɪvə/ n
    1. a large basin of water used by the priests for ritual ablutions
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French laveoir, from Late Latin lavātōrium washing place



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