Dolium

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dolium (Zoöl) A genus of large univalve mollusks, including the partridge shell and tun shells.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dolium Pl. dolia (-ä). In Roman antiquity, a very large jar or vase of rough pottery, usually of approximately spherical form, used, like a cask at the present day, to contain wine, oil, and other liquids, as well as grain and other dry commodities. It was more anciently called calpar, and is equivalent to the Greek pithos.
    • n dolium [capitalized] The typical genus of gastropods of the family Doliidæ. Dolium galea is a leading species. They are all characterized by a ventricose spirally furrowed shell, with a very small spire and an enormous aperture with crenate lip, and no operculum. They are known as tuns.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dolium dō′li-um a Roman earthenware jar for wine, oil, grain, &c.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. large jar
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.

Usage

In literature:

A fine shell of Dolium was in their camp, which we passed through.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
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