Definition of lecythus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɛsɪθəs/

noun (plural lecythi /ˈlɛsɪθʌɪ/)

A thin narrow-necked vase or flask from ancient Greece.
Example sentences
  • Many beautiful lecythi from the tombs of Athens are preserved in the British Museum.
  • The white Hellenistic house lecythus consist a particular category of funerary gifts put in the tombs of the Classical period.
  • In the other two are ancient vases, lecythi, statuettes and other Mycenaean, Geometrical, Corinthian, Boeotian, Attican and Hellenistic archaeological finds, on loan from the Archaeological Museum.


Via late Latin from Greek lēkuthos.

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