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noun, plural am·pho·rae [am-fuh-ree], /ˈæm fəˌri/, am·pho·ras.Greek and Roman Antiquity.
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.
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Origin of amphora
1300–50; Middle English <Latin <Greek amphoreús, equivalent to am(phi)- amphi- + phoreús bearer (i.e., handle), akin to phérein to bear
OTHER WORDS FROM amphoraam·pho·ral, adjective
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How to use amphora in a sentence
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
Large brown amphorae, peg bottoms; ribbed after 180, wide ribbing at first, then narrower.How to Observe in Archaeology|Various
In one house the place of an iron tripod was taken by three pointed ends of amphorae set upright on the hearth.
On other amphorae the words for bean meal (lomentum), honey, and lentils appear, the last being designated by the Greek word.
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
British Dictionary definitions for amphora
/ (ˈæmfərə) /
noun plural -phorae (-fəˌriː) or -phoras
an ancient Greek or Roman two-handled narrow-necked jar for oil, wine, etc
Word Origin for amphora
C17: from Latin, from Greek amphoreus, from amphi- + phoreus bearer, from pherein to bear
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