Meaning of amphora

am•pho•ra

Pronunciation: (am'fur-u), [key]
— pl. -pho•rae -pho•ras.
  1. a large two-handled storage jar having an oval body, usually tapering to a point at the base, with a pair of handles extending from immediately below the lip to the shoulder: used chiefly for oil, wine, etc., and, set on a foot, as a commemorative vase awarded the victors in contests such as the Panathenaic games. Cf. pelike, stamnos.
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