nounpl. aq·ua·ma·ni·les, or aq·ua·ma·ni·li·a
A vessel, often in the shape of an animal, used to pour water over the hands, especially in ritual cleansing.
Origin of aquamanileMedieval Latin aquaemanīle, aquamanīle alteration ( perhaps influenced by Latin manus hand ) of Latin aquimināle wash-basin variant of earlier aquae mānāle aquae manāle (form uncertain) aquae genitive of aqua water ; see akw-ā in Indo-European roots. probably mānāle ewer ( from neuter of mānālis flowing ) ( mānāre to trickle, flow ) ( -ālis adjectival suffix )
15th-century German bronze aquamanile