- an oil jar having an ellipsoidal body, narrow neck, flanged mouth, curved handle extending from below the lip to the shoulder, and a narrow base terminating in a foot: used chiefly for ointments.
Origin of lekythos
First recorded in 1850–55, lekythos is from the Greek word lḗkythos
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for lekythos
The lekythos (Fig. 305) was an oil-jar of an elongated shape, neck in proportion, cup-like orifice, and one handle.The Ceramic Art
Jennie J. Young
The pyxis was used by women at their toilet, and the lekythos, alabastron and askos for oil and unguents.
For other shapes, such as the hydria, and lekythos, the old method was for a time preferred.