canephore

noun can·e·phore \ ˈkanəˌfō(ə)r , -ȯ(ə)r \
variants: or less commonly canephor \-ȯ(ə)r\ or canephora \kəˈnefərə\ or canephoros \-ˌräs\ or canephorus

Definition of canephore

plural canephores also canephorae \-ˌrī\ or canephori \-ˌrē\
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


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