- a large two-handled storage jar having an oval body, usually tapering to a point at the base, with a pair of handles extending from immediately below the lip to the shoulder: used chiefly for oil, wine, etc., and, set on a foot, as a commemorative vase awarded the victors in contests such as the Panathenaic games.
Origin of amphora
Examples from the Web for amphorae
A great number of amphorae were found in it, as also in both peristyles.
Fruits and other edibles of all kinds were kept in amphorae.
The amphorae which you hid in the mound are probably—I can't say for certain, mind—priceless.The Wouldbegoods
The amphorae were sometimes marked with the name of the wine, and the names of the consuls for the year in which they were filled.The Private Life of the Romans
Harold Whetstone Johnston
Her vases and amphorae have been frequently exhibited and are praised by connoisseurs and critics.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.
Clara Erskine Clement
- an ancient Greek or Roman two-handled narrow-necked jar for oil, wine, etc
Word Origin and History for amphorae
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.