Definition of oxybaphon in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɒkˈsɪbəfɒn/


  • 1Ancient Greek History
    A measure of capacity, varying from place to place in the ancient world, but usually approximately equal to 2 to 2.5 fluid ounces (60–70 ml).

  • 2Archaeology
    A bell-shaped cup or vase, used for holding wine or vinegar or for making mixtures of these liquids with water.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in George Baker (1540–1612), surgeon. From post-classical Latin oxybaphon a measure of capacity and its etymon ancient Greek ὀξύβαϕον vinegar-saucer, measure of capacity from ὀξυ- + βαϕ-, stem of βάπτειν to dip.