Meaning of lecythus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlɛsɪθəs/

nounplural noun lecythi/ˈlɛsɪθʌɪ/

  • A thin narrow-necked vase or flask from ancient Greece.

    ‘Many beautiful lecythi from the tombs of Athens are preserved in the British Museum.’
    • ‘The white Hellenistic house lecythus consist a particular category of funerary gifts put in the tombs of the Classical period.’
    • ‘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 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.