Definition of pelike in English:


nounPlural pelikai

  • 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.