Among the list of ancients a-two handled vessel tapering in the bottom used for keeping wine oil etc
- an ancient container with two manages and a narrow neck; accustomed hold oil or wine
- Among the list of ancients, a two-handled vessel, tapering in the base, employed for keeping wine, oil, etc.
early 14c., "two-handled vessel for keeping wine, oil, etc.," from Latin amphora from Greek amphoreus "an amphora, container, urn," contraction of amphiphoreus, virtually "two-handled," from amphi- "on both sides" (see amphi-) + phoreus "bearer," pertaining to pherein "to bear" (identify infer). Additionally a liquid measure when you look at the ancient world, in Greece add up to 9 gallons, in Rome to 6 gallons, 7 pints.
(n.) One of the ancients, a two-handled vessel, tapering at the bottom, useful for holding wine, oil, etc.
The amphora was a standard measure of capacity among both Greeks and Romans, the Attic containing nearly nine gallons, and the Roman about six.