noun, plural la·va·boes.
- the ritual washing of the celebrant’s hands after the offertory in the Mass, accompanied in the Roman rite by the recitation of Psalm 26:6–12.
- the passage recited.
- the small towel or the basin used.
- (in many medieval monasteries) a large stone basin equipped with a number of small orifices through which water flowed, used for the performance of ablutions.
- a washbowl with a spigot-equipped water tank above, both mounted on a wall: now often used for decoration or as a planter.
noun plural -boes or -bos mainly RC Church
- the ritual washing of the celebrant’s hands after the offertory at Mass
- (as modifier)lavabo basin; lavabo towel
- another name for washbasin
- a trough for washing in a convent or monastery