One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wide-mouthed amphora with a broad base, used in ancient Greece for holding wine or water.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
From Greek pelika.
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