from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman antiquity, a large dish or platter of metal used for serving meat at table.


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  • I often feel that way about mollusque's comments. :-)

    July 22, 2008

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    July 15, 2008

  • Also a genus of small freshwater limpets.

    July 15, 2008

  • Looting Matters: 'Tom Flynn reminded me of the "Risley Park Lanx" and it prompted me to think about the intellectual consequences of this acquisition. This Roman silver dish was found in 1729 at Risley Park in Derbyshire.'

    OED2 marks this word 'antiq.' (as in antiquities), but defines it simply as a large dish.

    July 15, 2008