Definition of cantharus in English:


Syllabification: can·tha·rus
Pronunciation: /ˈkanTHərəs

noun (plural canthari /-ˌrī, -rē/)

  • (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.


Latin, from Greek kantharos.

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