lecythus

noun
lec·​y·​thus | \ ˈlesəthəs \
variants: or lekythos \ ˈlekəˌthäs \ or less commonly lekythus \ -​kəthəs \
plural lecythi\ -​səˌthī \ or lekythoi\ -​kəˌthȯi \

Definition of lecythus

: a cylindrical or round and squat vase used by the ancient Greeks for oils and ointments

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History and Etymology for lecythus

Late Latin & Greek; Late Latin lecythus, from Greek lēkythos, probably of non-Indo-European origin

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“Lecythus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lecythus. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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