[ pith-os, pahy-thos ]
/ ˈpɪθ ɒs, ˈpaɪ θɒs /
noun, plural pi·thoi [pith-oi, pahy-thoi] /ˈpɪθ ɔɪ, ˈpaɪ θɔɪ/.
a very large earthenware jar having a wide mouth, used by the ancient Greeks for storing liquids, as wine, or for holding food, as grain, or for the burial of the dead.
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Origin of pithos
First recorded in 1875–80, pithos is from the Greek word píthos
Words nearby pithos
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Example sentences from the Web for pithoi
Contemporaneous with these are large vases of red ware corresponding with the Greek pithoi.
The Greeks used modelling tools for their ornaments, and also for pithoi, or casks.
British Dictionary definitions for pithoi
/ (ˈpɪθɒs, ˈpaɪ-) /
noun plural -thoi (-θɔɪ)
a large ceramic container for oil or grain
Word Origin for pithos
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