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-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
(click for a larger image)amphora
c. 530 BC black-figure amphora by Exekias
(active 550-520 bc)
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