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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pithos, pith′os, n. a large spheroid Greek earthenware vase.
The tub of Diogenes, there is reason to believe, was a great earthen vase or pot—the pithos.Pottery and Porcelain, from early times down to the Philadelphia exhibition of 1876 | Charles Wyllys Elliott
The pithakne was a pithos of smaller size used for holding wine.The Ceramic Art | Jennie J. Young
This tomb also contained a large wheel-made pithos of red impasto ware with designs painted in polychrome.
British Dictionary definitions for pithos
a large ceramic container for oil or grain
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