Main definitions of laver in English

: laver1laver2

laver1

(also purple laver)

noun

  • An edible seaweed with thin sheetlike fronds of a reddish-purple and green color that becomes black when dry. Laver typically grows on exposed shores, but in Japan it is cultivated in estuaries.

    • ‘I had had no idea how it would turn out, but laver and cream went well, to my surprise - although I am sure that, without yuzu-kosho, it would have tasted too dull.’
    • ‘The best known are the cockles of the Glamorgan sands and laver, edible seaweed that is gathered around the south and west coasts.’
    • ‘The recipe calls for minced pork and prawn spread on a nori (sheet of dried laver seaweed), deep-fried, and then brushed with soy sauce-based sweet sauce.’
    • ‘Pacific shrimp and asparagus salad and the cold soba with quail's eggs and sea laver can be found at the Asian specialities' corner.’
    • ‘Modern laver farming in Japan was established and mass production became possible.’

Origin

Late Old English (as the name of a water plant mentioned by Pliny), from Latin. The current sense dates from the early 17th century.

Pronunciation

laver

/ˈlāvər/

Main definitions of laver in English

: laver1laver2

laver2

noun

archaic, literary
  • 1A basin or similar container used for washing oneself.

    • ‘For although a circular water container would not be unusual, this basin of water could easily have been called simply a basin or laver, as was the case with the simpler original.’
    • ‘Hand washing was sometimes done at a laver or built-in basin in a recess in the hall entrance, with a projecting trough.’
    1. 1.1 (in biblical use) a large brass bowl for the ritual ablutions of Jewish priests.
      • ‘This name ‘sea’ for the laver parallels the name of the laver which was set up in Babylonian temples and called apsu, the word for the water surrounding and under the earth.’’
      • ‘He made also bases, and lavers made he upon the bases; One sea, and twelve oxen under it.’
      • ‘Then made he ten lavers of brass: one laver contained forty baths: and every laver was four cubits: and upon every one of the ten bases one laver.’
      • ‘Before presenting themselves to God, the priests of the temple washed themselves in a laver located in the temple.’
      • ‘Bunyan said of the things with which one could commit idolatry when binding God with them, the laver and Table, that by the free grace of God, ‘Here's such as helpeth Man's Salvation.’’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French laveoir, from late Latin lavatorium place for washing (see lavatory).

Pronunciation

laver

/ˈlāvər/