Definition of pelike in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛlɪki/
Pronunciation: /pɛˈliːki/

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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.


From Greek pelika.

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