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[pith-os, pahy-thos]
noun, plural pi·thoi [pith-oi, pahy-thoi] /ˈpɪθ ɔɪ, ˈpaɪ θɔɪ/.
  1. 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
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noun plural -thoi (-θɔɪ)
  1. a large ceramic container for oil or grain
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Word Origin

from Greek
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