Origin of amphoraClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek amphoreus, a jar with two handles, contr. ; from amphiphoreus ; from amphi- (see amphi-) + phoreus, bearer ; from pherein, bear
nounpl. am·pho·rae or am·pho·ras
Origin of amphoraMiddle English, from Latin, from Greek amphoreus, short for amphiphoreus : amphi-, amphi- + phoreus, bearer (from pherein, to bear; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots).
c. 530 BC black-figure amphora by Exekias
(active 550–520 bc)
(plural amphorae or amphoras)
From Latin amphora, from Ancient Greek ἀμφορεύς (amphoreus, “vased shaped ornament with a narrow neck”).