phiale

noun phi·a·le \ˈfīəlē\

Definition of phiale

plural

phialae

\-əˌlē\
  1. 1 :  a shallow Greek bowl resembling a Roman patera usually made with a boss in the center and used in ancient times for drinking or pouring libations

  2. 2 :  a fountain or laver in a church (as at the entrance)

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Origin and Etymology of phiale

Greek phialē


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