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kylix

[kahy-liks, kil-iks]
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noun, plural ky·li·kes [kahy-li-keez, kil-i-] /ˈkaɪ lɪˌkiz, ˈkɪl ɪ-/. Greek and Roman Antiquity.
  1. 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 of kylix

First recorded in 1890–95, kylix is from the Greek word kýlix cup
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Historical Examples

  • A kylix from Vulci, and now at Munich, is remarkable for the scene depicted on it.

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young

  • The kylix (Fig. 183) was the cup most generally used, and varied in shape.

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young

  • In the kylix on the right, the rectilinear designs and enclosed squares become the fret.

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young

  • The scene on the kylix at Munich is supposed to represent Homer among the potters.

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young

  • It will be seen hereafter, when we come to speak of Greece, how the forms of the kylix improve.

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young


British Dictionary definitions for kylix

kylix

cylix

noun plural -likes (-lɪˌkiːz)
  1. a shallow two-handled drinking vessel used in ancient Greece

Word Origin

C19: from Greek kulix cup; compare chalice
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Word Origin and History for kylix

n.

from Greek kylix "cup," cognate with Latin calix, from PIE root *kal- "cup" (see chalice).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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