One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of drinking container used in ancient Greece, typically having the form of an animal's head or a horn, with the hole for drinking from located at the lower or pointed end.
- ‘This empire's wealth and grandeur is manifested in the quality and range of jewellery, metalwork and seal stones; the filigree and inlay designs on the jewellery and the rhytons (drinking vessels) stand out.’
- ‘Besides the wide mouth through which the vessels - called rhyta - were filled, they also had tiny holes near their bases.’
- ‘A similar inference can be drawn at Mallia, house Za, where the furniture of ceremonial hall 5, together with finds from the nearby storerooms, permits one to associate a single stone rhyton with hundreds of conical cups.’
- ‘A conical rhyton from the cemetery at Kameiros on Rhodes is even less easily understood.’
- ‘A rhyton is a drinking vessel typically taking a horned animal shape in a metonymous gesture to its function as an elaborate drinking horn.’
From Greek rhuton, neuter of rhutos ‘flowing’; related to rhein ‘to flow’.
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