rhy·​ton ˈrī-ˌtän How to pronounce rhyton (audio)
: any of various ornate drinking vessels of ancient times typically shaped in part like an animal or animal's head

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Examples of rhyton in a Sentence

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, 13 July 2018

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rhyton was in 1820

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“Rhyton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhyton. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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