Origin of phial
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin phiala saucer < Greek phiálē; replacing Middle English phiole, fiole < Middle French fiole < Latin, as above
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Examples from the Web for phial
Then strain it through muslin, and keep it tightly-corked in a phial.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
He poured half a phial over his cravat, his pocket-handkerchief, his sleeves.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
Hurriedly he removed the plate from the pillow and replaced the phial of liquid.
As she spoke she drew from her bosom a phial, containing a dark liquid.An Old Sailor's Yarns
Trembling, he lifted the phial of bat's blood, drank it down.G-r-r-r...!
- 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 and History for phial
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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