noun ar·y·bal·los \ˌarəˈbaləs\
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Definition of aryballos



  1. :  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) — more at devil

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to cast off or become cast off

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