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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. 2017.
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/ˈpɪθɒs; ˈpaɪ-/
noun (pl) -thoi (-θɔɪ)
a large ceramic container for oil or grain
Word Origin
from Greek
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