can·​e·​phore | \ ˈkanəˌfō(ə)r, -ȯ(ə)r \
variants: or less commonly canephor \ -​ȯ(ə)r \ or canephora \ kəˈnefərə \ or canephoros \ ⸗ˈ⸗ərəs , -​ˌräs \ or canephorus \ ⸗ˈ⸗ərəs \
plural canephores\ ˈ⸗⸗ˌ⸗ \ also canephorae\ ⸗ˈ⸗⸗ˌrē , -​ˌrī \ or canephori\ ⸗ˈ⸗⸗ˌrī , -​ˌrē \

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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History and Etymology for canephore

Latin canephoros, canephora, from Greek kanēphoros, from kaneon reed basket (from kanna reed) + -phoros -phorous

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“Canephore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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