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phial

[fahy-uh l] /ˈfaɪ əl/
noun
1.
vial.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin phiala saucer < Greek phiálē; replacing Middle English phiole, fiole < Middle French fiole < Latin, as above
Related forms
phialine
[fahy-uh-lin, -lahyn] /ˈfaɪ ə lɪn, -ˌlaɪn/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Can be confused
file, phial.
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Examples for phial
  • On the floor near by was a hypodermic syringe and a small phial that had contained a powerful drug.
  • He handed her a two ounce phial containing a white powder.
British Dictionary definitions for phial

phial

/ˈfaɪəl/
noun
1.
a small bottle for liquids; vial
Word Origin
C14: from Old French fiole, from Latin phiola saucer, from Greek phialē wide shallow vessel
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Word Origin and History for phial
n.

late 14c., from Old French fiole "flask, phial" (12c.), probably from Medieval Latin phiola, from Latin phiala, from Greek phiale "broad, flat drinking vessel," of unknown origin.

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