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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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He places Makron's vase within the same tradition as two hydriai in the Kerch style and a volute-krater attributed to the Kleophon Painter.
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In the excavation of the Argive Heraion hundreds of miniature hydriai were found, including a dump near the temple that contained 900 miniature hydriai, jars used to carry water, dating from the 7th to the 6th centuries BCE.