[pith-os, pahy-thos]

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.

Origin of pithos

First recorded in 1875–80, pithos is from the Greek word píthos
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noun plural -thoi (-θɔɪ)

a large ceramic container for oil or grain

Word Origin for pithos

from Greek
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