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aryballos

[ar-uh-bal-uh s] /ˌær əˈbæl əs/
noun, plural aryballoi
[ar-uh-bal-oi] /ˌær əˈbæl ɔɪ/ (Show IPA).
Greek and Roman Antiquity
1.
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 of aryballos
1840-1850
1840-50; < Greek arýballos a draw-purse, equivalent to arý(ein) to draw + -ballos, akin to ballántion purse
Related forms
aryballoid, adjective
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