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- n. A large drinking cup with two handles
- n. A fountain or basin in the courtyard of an ancient church for worshippers to wash before entering
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical antiquity, a widemouthed cup or vase, with a foot, and two handles rising above the rim. It was used especially for drinking wine.
- n. [LL.] A fountain or cistern in the atrium or courtyard before ancient and some Oriental churches, where persons could wash before entering the church; a laver. Now generally called phiale.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of acanthopterygian fishes, of the family Sparidæ. C. griseus, a British species, is known as the black bream, or black sea-bream. Cuvier, 1829.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of mollusks.
- n. A chandelier used in churches, described as a disk of metal having candles fixed upon it.
From Ancient Greek κάνθαρος. (Wiktionary)