Definition of cantharus in English:

cantharus

Line breaks: can|tharus
Pronunciation: /ˈkanθ(ə)rəs
 
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noun (plural canthari)

  • (In ancient Greece and Rome) a large two-handled drinking cup.
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    • The most ordinary, perhaps, is the cantharus, or two-handled cup, which was particularly sacred to Bacchus.
    • Next to these are highly stylised canthari with spiralled handles and with V-shaped patterns shaded red and white on their necks.
    • Romano-British floor mosaic, featuring an elaborate design of four octagons and canthari and dolphins.

Origin

Latin, from Greek kantharos.

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