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[sahy-liks, sil-iks] /ˈsaɪ lɪks, ˈsɪl ɪks/
noun, plural cylices
[sil-uh-seez] /ˈsɪl əˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
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/ˈsaɪlɪks; ˈsɪl-/
noun (pl) -lices (-lɪˌsiːz)
a variant of kylix


/ˈkaɪlɪks; ˈkɪl-/
noun (pl) -likes (-lɪˌkiːz)
a shallow two-handled drinking vessel used in ancient Greece
Word Origin
C19: from Greek kulix cup; compare chalice
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in ancient Greek pottery, wide-bowled drinking cup with horizontal handles, one of the most popular pottery forms from Mycenaean times through the classical Athenian period. There was usually a painted frieze around the outer surface, depicting a subject from mythology or everyday life, and on the bottom of the inside a painting often depicting a dancing or drinking scene. Kylikes were often produced in sets to accompany a wine serving vessel, or krater.

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