from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A two-handled jar with a narrow neck used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to carry wine or oil.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A two handled jar with a narrow neck that was used in ancient times to store or carry wine or oils.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Among the ancients, a two-handled vessel, tapering at the bottom, used for holding wine, oil, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Among the Greeks and Romans, a vessel, usually tall and slender, having two handles or ears, a narrow neck, and generally a sharp-pointed base for insertion into a stand or into the ground: used for holding wine, oil, honey, grain, etc.
- n. A liquid measure of the Greeks and Romans.
- n. In botany, the permanent basal portion of a pyxidium.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] In zoology: A genus of Polygastrica. Ehrenberg. A genus of coleopterous insects. Wollaston.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ancient jar with two handles and a narrow neck; used to hold oil or wine
Middle English, from Latin, from Greek amphoreus, short for amphiphoreus : amphi-, amphi- + phoreus, bearer (from pherein, to bear.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin amphora, from Ancient Greek ἀμφορεύς (amphoreus, "vased shaped ornament with a narrow neck"). (Wiktionary)