Answer: lava
Word Origin Old Englishlafian from Latin lavare 'to wash'; reinforced in Middle English by Old French laver.
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Verb Lave is a simple monosyllabic word that magically makes the mundane act of washing poetic. Shakespeare used it in The Taming of the Shrew when Gremio assured the father of his beloved Bianca that she would have "basins and ewers to lave her dainty hands."
lave (lāv) tr.v. laved lav·ing laves 1. To wash; bathe. 2. To lap or wash against: Waves laved the shore. 3. To refresh or soothe as if by washing: "The quiet and the cool ...
verb (used with object) laved lav·ing.
From Middle English lave laif lafe ("remainder rest that which is left") from Old English lāf ("lave remainder rest") from Proto-Germanic *laibō ("remainder") from Proto-Indo-European *leyp- ("to stick glue").
Lave origi...