Word origin

Posted by Gary on May 13, 2002

In Reply to: Word origin posted by Bruce Kahl 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.

Look out, here's a Spanish visitor to Rome: the high-flyin', hand-washin', El Lavation.