One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thin narrow-necked vase or flask from ancient Greece.
- ‘In the other two are ancient vases, lecythi, statuettes and other Mycenaean, Geometrical, Corinthian, Boeotian, Attican and Hellenistic archaeological finds, on loan from the Archaeological Museum.’
- ‘The white Hellenistic house lecythus consist a particular category of funerary gifts put in the tombs of the Classical period.’
- ‘Many beautiful lecythi from the tombs of Athens are preserved in the British Museum.’
- ‘The statue was found in a shed, along with fragments from the same statue and a segment of a marble lecythus.’
- ‘Victors at the Olympic Games were given oil in special lecythi.’
Via late Latin from Greek lēkuthos.
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