rhyton

noun
rhy·​ton | \ ˈrī-ˌtän How to pronounce rhyton (audio) \

Definition of rhyton

: any of various ornate drinking vessels of ancient times typically shaped in part like an animal or animal's head

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Recent Examples on the Web The Orontid Dynasty, which ruled the region starting in the 6th century BCE, drank wine from silver rhytons and likely had undocumented toasting traditions of their own. Benjamin Kemper, Smithsonian, "Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Tradition," 13 July 2018 The Orontid Dynasty, which ruled the region starting in the 6th century BCE, drank wine from silver rhytons and likely had undocumented toasting traditions of their own. Benjamin Kemper, Smithsonian, "Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Tradition," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of rhyton

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rhyton

Greek, neuter of rhytos flowing, from rhein to flow — more at stream

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“Rhyton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhyton. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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