noun (plural canthari /-ˌrī/ /-rē/)
(In ancient Greece and Rome) a large, two-handled drinking cup.
- 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.
Latin, from Greek kantharos.
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