Definition of mortarium in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɔːˈtɛːrɪəm/

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noun (plural mortaria)

A Roman container for pounding or grinding.
Example sentences
  • We had to grind these in mortaria and then heat them in the oil to yield a thick, strongly scented oil.
  • Some Rossington Bridge mortaria are stamped jointly by Sarrius and either Setibogius or Secundua.
  • Stamped mortaria rims were recovered from 38 individual vessels, while there were 212 unstamped vessels.



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