- 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
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Examples from the Web for pithos
The pithakne was a pithos of smaller size used for holding wine.The Ceramic Art
Jennie J. Young
Pithos, pith′os, n. a large spheroid Greek earthenware vase.
The tub of Diogenes, there is reason to believe, was a great earthen vase or pot—the Pithos.Pottery and Porcelain, from early times down to the Philadelphia exhibition of 1876
Charles Wyllys Elliott
- a large ceramic container for oil or grain
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