amphora

(redirected from amphoras)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

am·pho·ra

 (ăm′fər-ə)
n. pl. am·pho·rae (-fə-rē′) or am·pho·ras
A two-handled jar with a narrow neck used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to carry wine or oil.

[Middle English, from Latin, from Greek amphoreus, short for amphiphoreus : amphi-, amphi- + phoreus, bearer (from pherein, to bear; see bher- in Indo-European roots).]

am′pho·ral adj.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

amphora

(ˈæmfərə)
n, pl -phorae (-fəˌriː) or -phoras
(Archaeology) an ancient Greek or Roman two-handled narrow-necked jar for oil, wine, etc
[C17: from Latin, from Greek amphoreus, from amphi- + phoreus bearer, from pherein to bear]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

am•pho•ra

(ˈæm fər ə)

n., pl. -pho•rae (-fəˌri)
-pho•ras.
a large earthenware storage vessel of Greek and Roman antiquity, having an oval body with two handles extending from below the lip to the shoulder.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin < Greek amphoreús=am(phi)- amphi- + phoreús bearer (i.e., handle), akin to phérein to bear1]
am′pho•ral, adj.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amphora - an ancient jar with two handles and a narrow neckamphora - an ancient jar with two handles and a narrow neck; used to hold oil or wine
jar - a vessel (usually cylindrical) with a wide mouth and without handles
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations
àmfora
amfora
amfóra
amphora

amphora

[ˈæmfərə] N (amphoras, amphorae (pl)) [ˈæmfəˌriː]ánfora f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

amphora

n pl <-s or -e> (form)Amphora f, → Amphore f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
References in periodicals archive ?
The pieces include figurines, vases, amphoras, flasks.
Those who painted the shallow drinking cups fashionable at the symposium tended to paint subjects at the racier end of the scale; those who painted closed shapes (amphoras, water jugs) to the more sober end.
I'm going to bet there's some pretentious pub serving wine in amphoras as part of their quirky image.
The Iranian archeologists discovered Sassanid and early-Islamic residential strata as well as a number of intact amphoras used in sea trade during the Parthian, Abbasid and early Islamic eras, all referring to the waterway as the Persian Gulf.
In another example of how what's old in winemaking often becomes new again, imported amphoras and clay vessels produced in the United States are finding a place in cellars.
His research showed that imported ancient Etruscan amphoras and a limestone press platform, discovered at the ancient port site of Lattara in southern France, held the earliest known biomolecular archaeological evidence of grape wine and wine making in France.
It's like the amphoras. Then they all started shouting that amphorae were planted.
"Historians were absolutely right to assume that most amphoras contained wine or oil," he says.
There are also earthenware jugs, amphoras, statuettes and tools reflecting the social and economic life of ancient times," Tuna said.
Merchants, trading amphoras of oil and Lydian dye, cursed thin profits, cruel seas, lost ships.
The date of 224/3 for the introduction of Hellenistic moldmade relief bowls at Athens is reexamined--and subsequently reaffirmed--in light of a recent downward shift in the chronology of Rhodian amphoras. The process of introduction is traced in detail, using a model of the innovation process based on recent inventions.
The culinary giftshop has a different way of selling its range - straight from a display of amphoras. Take your own bottle to be filled or buy one from the store and choose from a huge selection of oils and vinegars.