Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shallow, stemmed, two-handled drinking cup of ancient Greece.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An Ancient Greek drinking cup with a stem, two handles, and a broad, shallow body

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek antiquity, a vase or cup of elegant form, used for drinking. The kylix was usually broad and shallow, with or without a slender foot, and provided with two handles not extending above the rim. Also written cylix.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a shallow drinking cup with two handles; used in ancient Greece

Etymologies

Greek kulix.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Greek κύλιξ (kulix) (cup). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Vernon Silver shines a spotlight over the shockingly cut-throat often illegal by even renowned museums competition for priceless ancient art by focusing on a kylix by famous ancient Greek artisan Euphronios.

    The Lost Chalice: The Epic Hunt for a Priceless Masterpiece-Vernon Silver « The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews

  • Archeologists also discovered a second bronze sword with a bone handle, a bronze and iron dagger, a pair of greaves armoured plates, an arrowhead, a spear point, a golden kylix or wine cup and a bronze boiler in the grave.

    Mycenaean warrior used 'imported sword'

  • Rather the first sentence can only sensibly read "I am the kylix of Cupe Althrna".

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • On November 29 -- without the fanfare graciously displayed at the MFA -- the Met received from Italy a kylix (drinking cup) from 560 to 550 B.C., which will be on loan to the museum until November 2010.

    Italy versus the Illicit Trade

  • At a conference in Viterbo, north of Rome, the following October, an Italian scholar presented evidence that a fragmentary red-figure kylix at the Getty had been taken illegally from Cerveteri.

    The Trial in Rome

  • While neither account named True's "reliable sources," or the dealer or dealers who sold the vase fragments to the Getty, the kylix does appear in court documents pertaining to Hecht's trial, as well as True's.

    The Trial in Rome

  • While the Met dismissed the evidence offered about the Morgantina treasure as inconclusive, True conducted a review of the Euphronios-Onesimos kylix and concluded that it should be returned to Italy.

    The Trial in Rome

  • Finds from the tombs of the Valley of Thracian Kings include decorative equestrian ornaments and a delicate gold kylix, or drinking cup.

    Thracian Gold Fever

  • Fletcher Norton went the four Greek vases — a kylix, a water-jar, and two amphorae — which he had sold to Cowperwood and which he valued highly.

    The Financier

  • There's a wonderful lesson in scale to be learned from Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past, an exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Center, and it can be found at the bottom of a cup (or kylix, to use its proper name) dating from around 460 B.C.

    Childhood in Ancient Greece-Rare and Beautiful Glimpses

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  • "Other figures of virile and beautiful Greek youth appear on Greek pots and vases. A kylix in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge shows a young athlete stooping in his bath. The rapturous motto around the dish says, 'The boy, yes, the boy is beautiful.'"
    - 'What turns women on', Germaine Greer in Esquire, 1973.

    April 14, 2008