The ceremonial washing of the hands and recitation from the Psalms by the celebrant before the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.
A washbowl that is attached to a wall and filled from a water tank fastened above.
Origin of lavabo
- From Latin lavābō I shall wash (opening word of the recited portion of Psalm 26) first person future tense of lavāre to wash leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin lavābō (“I will wash”), first-person singular future active indicative of lavō, lavāre (“wash, bathe”).