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pelike Line breaks: pel¦ike
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛlɪki/ /pɛˈliːki/

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Definition of pelike in English:

noun (plural pelikai ˈpɛlɪkʌɪ)

A wide-mouthed amphora with a broad base, used in ancient Greece for holding wine or water.
Example sentences
  • For an obol, or roughly the price of a red-figure pelike by the hand of Beazley's ‘Achilles Painter’, the craftsman could buy nearly four litres of grain.
  • The pelike was used to store scented oils or perfumes in bulk.
  • First wine, brought in amphorai or pelikai, and water, brought in hydriai, were mixed in krateres or (smaller) stamnoi, usually placed in the centre of the room.

Origin

From Greek pelika.

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