[ sahy-fuhs ]
/ ˈsaɪ fəs /
noun, plural scy·phi [sahy-fahy]. /ˈsaɪ faɪ/.
a cup-shaped part, as of a flower.
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Origin of scyphus
First recorded in 1720–80; from Latin, from Greek skýphos; see origin at skyphos
Words nearby scyphus
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Example sentences from the Web for scyphus
The generic name for a cup was poculum, but the Romans borrowed many of the Greek names, such as cantharus and scyphus.
In the Sixth City appear forms more nearly approaching those of later times, particularly prototypes of the cantharus and scyphus.
British Dictionary definitions for scyphus
/ (ˈsaɪfəs) /
noun plural -phi (-faɪ)
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
Word Origin for scyphus
C18: from Latin: goblet, from Greek skuphos
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