Definitions

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

  • n. A vase-shaped basket represented in Greek painting and sculpture.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In classical antiquity, a basket in which Greek and Roman women kept their work. It is often represented on monuments, especially as a symbol of maidenhood.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of adephagous beetles, of the family Carabidæ, having obliquely sinuate elytra and serrate claws. C. impunctata is an example.

Etymologies

Latin, from Greek kalathos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Furthermore, the botanical title, Caltha, of the Mare Blob, is got from _calathus_, a small round basket of twigs or osiers made two thousand years and more ago, which the concave golden bowl of the Marsh Marigold was thought to resemble.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • The ‘calathus,’ which was called by the Greeks κάλαθος, καλαθίσκος, and τάλαρος, generally signifies the basket in which women placed their work, and especially the materials used for spinning.

    The Metamorphoses of Ovid Vol. I, Books I-VII

  • In aliit: Idem calathus in bigis boum vel serpentum.

    Doctrina numorum veterum

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