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Posted by Bruce Kahl on May 13, 2002

In Reply to: Word origin posted by samantha on May 13, 2002

: what is the origns of the word lavation?

From Latin:
Past participle of lavre or lavare---to wash.
The word "lavatory" comes to mind as another English word from lavare.

Lavabo--a ceremony at a Roman Catholic Mass in which the celebrant washes his hands.

Lavage--The therapeutic washing out of an organ.

Lavish--from "lavasse" which is a deluge of rain.

Gonna stop now since I can easily obsess on this. I do this to my kids and it drives them nuts.

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