noun, plural pel·i·kai [pel-i-kahy] /ˈpɛl ɪˌkaɪ/. Greek and Roman Antiquity.

a storage jar with two handles extending from the lip to the shoulder, characterized by an oval body that is wider at the base than at the neck and rests on a foot.

Nearby words

  1. pelican crossing,
  2. pelican flower,
  3. pelican hook,
  4. pelican state,
  5. pelican-flower,
  6. pelion,
  7. peliosis,
  8. peliosis hepatis,
  9. pelisse,
  10. pelite

Compare amphora, stamnos.

Origin of pelike

First recorded in 1870–75, pelike is from the Greek word pelíkē pitcher Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019