amp horal

amphora

[am-fer-uh]
noun, plural amphorae [am-fuh-ree] , amphoras. Greek and Roman Antiquity.
a large two-handled storage jar having an oval body, usually tapering to a point at the base, with a pair of handles extending from immediately below the lip to the shoulder: used chiefly for oil, wine, etc., and, set on a foot, as a commemorative vase awarded the victors in contests such as the Panathenaic games.
Compare pelike, stamnos.


Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Latin < Greek amphoreús, equivalent to am(phi)- amphi- + phoreús bearer (i.e., handle), akin to phérein to bear

amphoral, adjective
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amphora (ˈæmfərə)
 
n , pl -phorae, -phoras
an ancient Greek or Roman two-handled narrow-necked jar for oil, wine, etc
 
[C17: from Latin, from Greek amphoreus, from amphi- + phoreus bearer, from pherein to bear]

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amphora
early 14c., "two-handled vessel for holding wine, oil, etc.," from L. amphora from Gk. amphoreus, contraction of amphiphoreus, from amphi- "on both sides" + phoreus "bearer," related to pherein "to bear" (see infer). Also a liquid measure in the ancient world, in Gk. equal
to 9 gallons, in Rome to 6 gallons, 7 pints.
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