nounpl. -·rae· or -·ras
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”).