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[pith-os, pahy-thos] /ˈpɪθ ɒs, ˈpaɪ θɒs/
noun, plural pithoi
[pith-oi, pahy-thoi] /ˈpɪθ ɔɪ, ˈpaɪ θɔɪ/ (Show IPA)
a very large earthenware jar having a wide mouth, used by the ancient Greeks for storing liquids, as wine, or for holding food, as grain, or for the burial of the dead.
Origin of pithos
1875-80; < Greek píthos Unabridged
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  • The Greeks used modelling tools for their ornaments, and also for pithoi, or casks.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • Contemporaneous with these are large vases of red ware corresponding with the Greek pithoi.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
British Dictionary definitions for pithoi


/ˈpɪθɒs; ˈpaɪ-/
noun (pl) -thoi (-θɔɪ)
a large ceramic container for oil or grain
Word Origin
from Greek
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