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noun, plural lek·y·thoi [lek-uh-thoi] /ˈlɛk əˌθɔɪ/. Greek and Roman Antiquity.
  1. an oil jar having an ellipsoidal body, narrow neck, flanged mouth, curved handle extending from below the lip to the shoulder, and a narrow base terminating in a foot: used chiefly for ointments.
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Also lekythus.

Origin of lekythos

First recorded in 1850–55, lekythos is from the Greek word lḗkythos
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Examples from the Web for lekythos

Historical Examples

  • The lekythos (Fig. 305) was an oil-jar of an elongated shape, neck in proportion, cup-like orifice, and one handle.

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young

  • The pyxis was used by women at their toilet, and the lekythos, alabastron and askos for oil and unguents.

  • For other shapes, such as the hydria, and lekythos, the old method was for a time preferred.