ampulla /amˈpʊlə/


I. noun

1. a roughly spherical Roman flask with two handles.
2. a flask for sacred uses such as holding the oil for anointing the sovereign at a coronation.
[Zoology] a cavity, or the dilated end of a vessel, shaped like a Roman ampulla.
– origin late Middle English: from Latin, diminutive of ampora, variant of amphora (see amphora).

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