aryballos

noun
ar·​y·​bal·​los
variants: or aryballus \ ˌarəˈbaləs \
plural -es

Definition of aryballos

: a flask or bottle that has a short neck, single handle, small orifice with a flaring lip, and globular body often elaborately decorated and that is used for holding oils or ointments — compare alabastrum

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History and Etymology for aryballos

Greek aryballos bag, purse, aryballos, perhaps from ary- (from aryein to draw—water) + -ballos (from ballein to throw)

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“Aryballos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aryballos. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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