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aquamanile

Line breaks: aqua|ma¦nile
Pronunciation: /ˌakwəməˈnʌɪli
 
, -ˈniːli/

Definition of aquamanile in English:

noun

A water container or ewer, typically in the form of a mammal or bird, used in medieval times.
Example sentences
  • The exact provenance of the aquamanile is difficult to establish, but a liturgic use seems possible.
  • Of prime importance in the realm of religious objects are gold and enamel works and aquamaniles made of bronze.
  • International discoveries of complete ceramic aquamaniles are rare, because they are delicate and easily damaged.

Origin

late 19th century: from late Latin, from Latin aquaemanalis, literally 'ewer of water'.

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