1350–1400; Middle English < Latin phiala saucer < Greek phiálē; replacing Middle English phiole, fiole < Middle French fiole < Latin, as above

phialine [fahy-uh-lin, -lahyn] , adjective

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phial (ˈfaɪəl)
a small bottle for liquids; vial
[C14: from Old French fiole, from Latin phiola saucer, from Greek phialē wide shallow vessel]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. fiole (12c.), from M.L. phiola, from L. phiala, from Gk. phiale "broad, flat drinking vessel," of unknown origin.
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Example sentences
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.
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