phiale

noun

phi·​a·​le
ˈfīəlē
plural phialae
-əˌlē
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
: a fountain or laver in a church (as at the entrance)

Word History

Etymology

Greek phialē

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“Phiale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phiale. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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