- a cup-shaped part, as of a flower.
Origin of scyphus
1770–80; < Latin < Greek skýphos drinking bowl
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Examples from the Web for scyphus
In the Sixth City appear forms more nearly approaching those of later times, particularly prototypes of the cantharus and scyphus.
The generic name for a cup was poculum, but the Romans borrowed many of the Greek names, such as cantharus and scyphus.
- an ancient Greek two-handled drinking cup without a footed base
- botany a cuplike body formed at the end of the thallus in certain lichens
C18: from Latin: goblet, from Greek skuphos
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