Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

pithos

[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.
Show More

Origin of pithos

First recorded in 1875–80, pithos is from the Greek word píthos
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pithos

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for pithos

pithos

noun plural -thoi (-θɔɪ)
  1. a large ceramic container for oil or grain
Show More

Word Origin

from Greek
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012