- a large two-handled storage jar having an oval body, usually tapering to a point at the base, with a pair of handles extending from immediately below the lip to the shoulder: used chiefly for oil, wine, etc., and, set on a foot, as a commemorative vase awarded the victors in contests such as the Panathenaic games.
Origin of amphora
Examples from the Web for amphora
And by the time the last American troops pulled out in 2011, the Iraqi amphora might not have looked like new.Iraq Is Not Our War Anymore. Let It Be Iran’s Problem.
July 17, 2014
It was equal to one-third of the amphora, and therefore to nearly two gallons English.
It was the custom to write the age of the wine and the vintage on the amphora, or cask.
She was there, in the sun and surrounded by vermin, as pure as an amphora, fragrant as a flower.The Red Lily, Complete
I should say an amphora, which is a Greek word and more high-sounding.Letters to an Unknown
And clapping the amphora to his lips, he drained it at one draught.The Poniard's Hilt
- an ancient Greek or Roman two-handled narrow-necked jar for oil, wine, etc
Word Origin and History for amphora
early 14c., "two-handled vessel for holding wine, oil, etc.," from Latin amphora from Greek amphoreus "an amphora, jar, urn," contraction of amphiphoreus, literally "two-handled," from amphi- "on both sides" (see amphi-) + phoreus "bearer," related to pherein "to bear" (see infer). Also a liquid measure in the ancient world, in Greece equal to 9 gallons, in Rome to 6 gallons, 7 pints.