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[sahy-fuh s]
noun, plural scy·phi [sahy-fahy] /ˈsaɪ faɪ/.
  1. a cup-shaped part, as of a flower.
  2. skyphos.
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Origin of scyphus

1770–80; < Latin < Greek skýphos drinking bowl
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Historical Examples

  • In the Sixth City appear forms more nearly approaching those of later times, particularly prototypes of the cantharus and scyphus.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7


  • The generic name for a cup was poculum, but the Romans borrowed many of the Greek names, such as cantharus and scyphus.

British Dictionary definitions for scyphus


noun plural -phi (-faɪ)
  1. an ancient Greek two-handled drinking cup without a footed base
  2. botany a cuplike body formed at the end of the thallus in certain lichens
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin: goblet, from Greek skuphos
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