amphora

noun
am·​pho·​ra | \ ˈam(p)-fə-rə How to pronounce amphora (audio) \
plural amphorae\ -​ˌrē How to pronounce amphorae (audio) , -​ˌrī \ or amphoras

Definition of amphora

1 : an ancient Greek jar or vase with a large oval body, narrow cylindrical neck, and two handles that rise almost to the level of the mouth broadly : such a jar or vase used elsewhere in the ancient world
2 : a 2-handled vessel shaped like an amphora

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The pots, distant relatives to amphoras and urns, stand on the floor and reach to the viewer’s ribs and higher. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Ruby Neri sculpts flamboyant, fearless, nakedly female figures," 7 June 2019 On a quiet street in a quiet town, locals gather at Adega Velha for Alentejano homecooking and amphora-aged house wine. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "Vacation in Portugal the Less-Obvious Way," 10 Aug. 2018 Some amphorae may have already been looted — they are not infrequently seen decorating restaurants along the Albanian coastline. Llazar Semini, Fox News, "Archaeologists urge Albania to protect underwater heritage," 4 July 2018 Some amphorae may have already been looted — they are not infrequently seen decorating restaurants along the Albanian coastline. Washington Post, "Archaeologists urge Albania to protect underwater heritage," 4 July 2018 The wines are produced naturally and fermented on the skins, and some are aged in rare amphora pots. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Wine calendar: Progressive bike-wine ride in Cleveland, special Urban Farmer wine event, Pinot Noir battle, more," 3 Apr. 2018 The wines are produced naturally and fermented on the skins, and some are aged in rare amphora pots. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Wine calendar: Progressive bike-wine ride in Cleveland, special Urban Farmer wine event, Pinot Noir battle, more," 3 Apr. 2018 The wines are produced naturally and fermented on the skins, and some are aged in rare amphora pots. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Wine calendar: Progressive bike-wine ride in Cleveland, special Urban Farmer wine event, Pinot Noir battle, more," 3 Apr. 2018 This Greek amphora was given to David for keeping his room the tidiest of all his brothers. Wendy Goodman, The Cut, "The Rockefeller Knickknacks," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of amphora

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amphora

Latin, modification of Greek amphoreus, amphiphoreus, from amphi- + phoreus bearer, from pherein to bear — more at bear

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