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  1. (in ancient Greece and Rome) a large water jar
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin, from Greek hudria, from hudōr water
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Examples from the Web for hydria

Historical Examples

  • One of these is a hydria at present in the Berlin Museum, No. 1906.

    The American Journal of Archaeology, 1893-1


  • In one of them, a slave pours the contents of a hydria over her nude mistress.

  • The kalpis (Fig. 187) and krossos were modifications of the hydria.

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young

  • On one, a Vulcian hydria of archaic style, a naked and bearded combatant bears a leaf-shaped sword without a guard.

  • A nobler form is seen in the Greek hydria—a large three-handed water-vessel, adapted for carrying and pouring.