kylix

kylix

[kahy-liks, kil-iks]
noun, plural kylikes [kahy-li-keez, kil-i-] . Greek and Roman Antiquity.
a shallow bowl having two horizontal handles projecting from the sides, often set upon a stem terminating in a foot: used as a drinking cup.
Also, cylix.


Origin:
1890–95; < Greek kýlix cup

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kylix or cylix (ˈkaɪlɪks, ˈkɪl-, ˈkaɪlɪks, ˈkɪl-)
 
n , pl -likes
a shallow two-handled drinking vessel used in ancient Greece
 
[C19: from Greek kulix cup; compare chalice]
 
cylix or cylix (ˈkaɪlɪks, ˈkɪl-, ˈkaɪlɪks, ˈkɪl-, -lɪˌkiːz)
 
n
 
[C19: from Greek kulix cup; compare chalice]

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kylix

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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