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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
First recorded in 1875-80, pithos is from the Greek word píthos Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • 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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