Definition of hydria in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪdrɪə/

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noun (plural hydriae or hydriai)

An ancient Greek pitcher with three handles.
Example sentences
  • Based on evidence from this narrow context of the wedding and its related symposia, a conclusion that the hydria played a role in more ordinary symposia is plausible.
  • The rareness of the composition of the main scene on the Reading hydria caught the attention of scholars, and it is indeed unusual.
  • Although the documents that accompanied the hydria identify it as ‘London 1519.69,’ it was not demonstrably ever part of a major museum collection there.


Via Latin from Greek hudria.

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