skoramis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek σκωραμίς (skōramís).

Noun[edit]

skoramis

  1. A chamber pot.
    • 1876, Robert Browning, "Of Pacchiarotto, and How He Worked in Distemper", XXVII:
      Quick march! for Xanthippe, my housemaid, / If once on your pates she a souse made / With what, pan or pot, bowl or skoramis / First comes to her hand — things were more amiss!
    • 1962, Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire:
      I have never acknowledged printed praise though sometimes I longed to embrace the glowing image of this or that paragon of discernment; and I have never bothered to lean out of my window and empty my skoramis on some poor hack's pate.