amphora (s), amphorae (pl) (noun forms)
1. A large two-handled storage jar.
2. A narrow-necked jar used in ancient Greece and Rome, usually made of clay, with a narrow neck and two handles, used for holding oil or wine
3. Contraction of amphiphoreus
, from amphi-
, "on both sides" plus phoreus
"bearer, carrier" and pherein
, "to bear, to carry"; from its two handles.
Its shape made it easy to handle and ideal for tying onto a mule's or donkey's back. They were often placed side-by-side in upright positions in a sand-floored cellar. Sinking it into the sand or ground kept the contents cool.
Amphorae were also made of glass, onyx, gold, stone, and brass and some had conventional jar bottoms with a flat surface. The container would be sealed when full, and the handle usually carried an amphora stamp, impressed before firing, giving details such as the source, the potter's name, the date and the capacity. It is unlikely that amphorae were normally re-used.
Referring to, or resembling, an amphora or a narrow-necked jar used in ancient Greece and Rome, with a narrow neck and two handles, used for holding oil or wine
A French version of the English amphora.
1. The sound heard in auscultation resembling the hollow sound made by blowing across the mouth of a large, narrow-necked, empty bottle; for example: "Amphoric breathing indicates a cavity in the lung."
2. Produced by, or indicating, a cavity in the lungs, not filled, and giving a sound like that produced by blowing into an empty bottle; as, "amphoric respiration or resonance.
3. In design engineering, having the shape of an amphora, or a similar tapering, narrow-necked shape.
amphoric respiration, cavernous respiration (s) (noun)
A peculiar hollow, blowing, resonant breathing sound that is heard over the lung cavities (abnormal spaces in the lung area or in parts of a lung).
amphoricity (s), amphoricities (pl) (noun forms)
A condition in which something is amphoric or that which produces amphoric sounds that are similar to that produced by blowing air over the opening of a large bottle or jar: "As the doctor used his stethoscope, he heard the amphoricities that came from the patient's lungs."
amphoriloquy (s), amphoriloquies (pl) (noun forms)
Similar to the sound produced by blowing or speaking into an amphora (two-handled vase), or other large vessel with a small mouth, as in "amphoric resonance"; a cough, an echo, a voice, etc.: "His amphoriloquy indicated a voice sound that had a hollow, blowing characteristic, which could be heard because of the patient's pulmonary cavity (space in the lung when part of it is removed) as he or she talks or whispers."
amphorophony (s) amphorophonies (pl) (noun forms)
A cavernous voice; a reference to low-pitched auscultatory sounds (sounds within the body): "The patient's amphorophony was diagnosed by the doctor as an abnormal sound of the voice that had a musical quality because of the cavities in the lungs or because of pneumothorax (free air in the chest outside the lung)."
A reference to a large jar with two handles.
Historical background about amphora.