Definition of cantharus
canthari\-ˌrī, -ē\ or
1 : a deep cup of ancient Greece with a high stem and loop-shaped handles continuing the curve of the bottom of the body and rising above the brim
2 : a stoup for holy water
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Origin and Etymology of cantharus
Latin & Greek; Latin cantharus, from Greek kantharos
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