Definition of canephore
1 : a maiden bearing a basket on her head in an early Greek religious festival
2 : a caryatid supporting a basketlike member that serves as a capital
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Origin and Etymology of canephore
Latin canephoros, canephora, from Greek kanēphoros, from kaneon reed basket (from kanna reed) + -phoros -phorous — more at cane
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