noun, plural am·pho·rae [am-fuh-ree] /ˈæm fəˌri/, am·pho·ras. Greek and Roman Antiquity.
Origin of amphora
Examples from the Web for amphora
And by the time the last American troops pulled out in 2011, the Iraqi amphora might not have looked like new.Iraq Is Not Our War Anymore. Let It Be Iran’s Problem.|Christopher Dickey|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She hesitated whether to break an Arabic amphora close by, or to fall on that bowed head and scratch it with her nails.Woman Triumphant|Vicente Blasco Ibaez
In a Russian story in Afanassieff, the amphora takes the place of the pipkin that makes its owner rich.Zoological Mythology, Volume I (of 2)|Angelo de Gubernatis
The amphora corresponds to the Greek wine-jar of that name, and had, like its prototype, a pointed base.
British Dictionary definitions for amphora
noun plural -phorae (-fəˌriː) or -phoras
Word Origin for amphora
Word Origin and History for amphora
early 14c., "two-handled vessel for holding wine, oil, etc.," from Latin amphora from Greek amphoreus "an amphora, jar, urn," contraction of amphiphoreus, literally "two-handled," from amphi- "on both sides" (see amphi-) + phoreus "bearer," related to pherein "to bear" (see infer). Also a liquid measure in the ancient world, in Greece equal to 9 gallons, in Rome to 6 gallons, 7 pints.