Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A two-handled jar with a narrow neck used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to carry wine or oil.

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  • n. A two handled jar with a narrow neck that was used in ancient times to store or carry wine or oils.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Among the ancients, a two-handled vessel, tapering at the bottom, used for holding wine, oil, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Among the Greeks and Romans, a vessel, usually tall and slender, having two handles or ears, a narrow neck, and generally a sharp-pointed base for insertion into a stand or into the ground: used for holding wine, oil, honey, grain, etc.
  • n. A liquid measure of the Greeks and Romans.
  • n. In botany, the permanent basal portion of a pyxidium.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] In zoology: A genus of Polygastrica. Ehrenberg. A genus of coleopterous insects. Wollaston.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ancient jar with two handles and a narrow neck; used to hold oil or wine

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek amphoreus, short for amphiphoreus : amphi-, amphi- + phoreus, bearer (from pherein, to bear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin amphora, from Ancient Greek ἀμφορεύς (amphoreus, "vased shaped ornament with a narrow neck"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A single character combining a question mark and an exclamation - called an interrobang - didn't catch on because it doesn't read well in small sizes and never made it to standard keyboards, while, thanks to email addresses, the @, also known as an amphora, has become ubiquitous.

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  • It's home to one of the most influential innovative winemakers around, Francesco Gravner, who has resurrected old, militantly natural techniques, such as amphora maturation.

    Barry Yourgrau: With the World's Best Young Chefs -- "Cooking It Raw" in Pasolini Country

  • Created in 1963, the cup was either originally supposed to be called the "amphora" cup or be a play on that word.

    Leslie Buck, Anthora Coffee Cup Designer, Dead At 87

  • I remembered this one more or less, with the grapes and the "amphora".

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  • The @ symbol was also used as an abbreviation for "amphora", the unit of measurement used to determine the amount held by the large terra cotta jars that were used to ship grain, spices and wine. discovered this use of the @ symbol in a letter written in 1536 by a Florentine trader named Francesco Lapi.

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  • "amphora," a measuring device used by local tradesmen.

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  • Arp's painted-wood bas-relief "La Femme-amphore" (1929), in which a small figurative form, like a kernel, floats through the womb-like bowl of an amphora, speaks to Brancusi's curled-up ovoid "The Newborn (Version I)" (1920).

    The Shape of Things

  • Then she remembered seeing her last colored amphora, the last trace of her artwork, in pieces on the floor in the entryway.

    Klondike

  • It has thrown up the largest collection of high-quality stamped tableware, glass beads, semi-precious stones, amphora shreds, a canoe and what seems to be a pier.

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  • Here, Ms. Mertens shares details about a 13-inch-tall terra cotta neck-amphora — a type of storage jar — made in Athens around 540 B.C.

    Stories in Clay: Decoding Ancient Greek Pottery

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  • "You obtain an amphora of Bacchus' wine!" -Final Fantasy XII

    January 14, 2009

  • A historic unit of volume of an or or jar of the same name--tall, with handles near the top on both sides. Amphoras were the containers of choice for shipping wine and other commodities in ancient Greece and Rome. The Greek amphora is believed to have held held about 38.8 liters; the Roman amphora was believed to have held about 25.5 liters.

    November 6, 2007