aryballoi

aryballos

[ar-uh-bal-uhs]
noun, plural aryballoi [ar-uh-bal-oi] . Greek and Roman Antiquity.
an oil jar, characterized by a spherical body, flat-rimmed mouth, and often a single handle extending from the lip to the shoulder of the jar, used chiefly for fragrant ointments.


Origin:
1840–50; < Greek arýballos a draw-purse, equivalent to arý(ein) to draw + -ballos, akin to ballántion purse

aryballoid, adjective
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