Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large three-handled water jar used by the ancient Greeks, with two handles used for lifting and the third for pouring.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In archaeology, a large Greek vase, used especially for carrying water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Gr. Antiq.) A water jar; esp., one with a large rounded body, a small neck, and three handles. Some of the most beautiful Greek vases are of this form.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a three-handled clay or metal vessel used in Greek culture to contain and pour water.

Etymologies

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

[Greek hudriā, from hudōr, water; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Ancient Greek ὑδρία ("water jar or water container").

Examples

  • The hydria, a jar for water, has two horizontal handles at the side for lifting and one vertical handle at the back for pouring.

    Stories in Clay: Decoding Ancient Greek Pottery

  • Sotheby's An Attic red-figured hydria, attributed to the Marsyas Painter

    Spring Art Auction Highlights

  • – Kelly Crow Cahn International AG This 23-year-old fair got its start selling Dutch Old Master paintings, but today it sells everything from antiquities – like this 470 B.C. red-figure hydria from Attic – to contemporary artworks.

    Inside the European Fine Art Fair

  • Cahn International AG A 470 B.C. red-figure hydria from Attic depicts Achilles chasing Troilos, who is on horseback.

    The Old Masters Come Roaring Back

  • – Kelly Crow Cahn International AG This 23-year-old fair got its start selling Dutch Old Master paintings, but today it sells everything from antiquities – like this 470 B.C. red-figure hydria from Attic – to contemporary artworks.

    Inside the European Fine Art Fair

  • Cahn International AG A 470 B.C. red-figure hydria from Attic depicts Achilles chasing Troilos, who is on horseback.

    The Old Masters Come Roaring Back

  • Cahn International AG A 470 B.C. red-figure hydria from Attic depicts Achilles chasing Troilos, who is on horseback.

    The Old Masters Come Roaring Back

  • Cahn International AG A 470 B.C. red-figure hydria from Attic depicts Achilles chasing Troilos, who is on horseback.

    The Old Masters Come Roaring Back

  • Cahn International AG A 470 B.C. red-figure hydria from Attic depicts Achilles chasing Troilos, who is on horseback.

    The Old Masters Come Roaring Back

  • Cahn International AG A 470 B.C. red-figure hydria from Attic depicts Achilles chasing Troilos, who is on horseback.

    The Old Masters Come Roaring Back

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