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