Definition of cantharus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkanθ(ə)rəs/

noun (plural canthari)

(In ancient Greece and Rome) a large two-handled drinking cup.
Example sentences
  • 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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