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Éwer. n.s. [from eau, perhaps anciently eu, water.] A vessel in which water is brought for washing hands.

I dreamt of a silver bason and ewer to-night. Shakes. Timon.

Let one attend him with a silver bason
Full of rosewater, and bestrew'd with flowers;
Another bear the ewer, a third a diaper;
And say, wil't please your lordship cool your hands?

The golden ewer a maid obsequious brings,
Replenish'd from the cool, translucent springs;
With copious water the bright vase supplies
A silver laver, of capacious size:
They wash.
Pope's Odyssey, b. i. l. 179.

Sources: Pope, Alexander (393) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71) · Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (32)

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