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n. pl. hy·dri·ae (-drē-ē′) or hy·dri·as
A large three-handled water jar used by the ancient Greeks, with two handles used for lifting and the third for pouring.

[Greek hudriā, from hudōr, water; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Ceramics) (in ancient Greece and Rome) a large water jar
[C19: from Latin, from Greek hudria, from hudōr water]
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5-6, who like Thomas Aquinas drew upon the conceit of Pope Innocent III (see the preceding note) equating the six jugs of wine at the biblical Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11) to the Six Corporal Works of Mercy, but then included the seventh work in his listing: "Ibi siquidem positae sunt sex hydriae, id est instituta sunt et perfectissime exercentur sex opera misericordi[a]e, quae sunt: pascere esurientem, potare sitientem, colligere hospitem, vestire nudum, visitare infirmum, adire incarceratum, et mortuum sepelire." Quoted in Didron (Aine), "Les Oeuvres de misericorde," 198 n.