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Latin, a cup, from Ancient Greek σκῠ́φος ‎(skúphos).


scyphus ‎(plural scyphi)

  1. A kind of large drinking cup used in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, especially by poor people.
  2. (botany) The cup of a narcissus, or a similar appendage to the corolla in other flowers.
  3. (lichenology) A cup-shaped stem or podetium in lichens.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.



scyphus m ‎(genitive scyphī); second declension

  1. cup, goblet
  2. communion cup


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative scyphus scyphī
genitive scyphī scyphōrum
dative scyphō scyphīs
accusative scyphum scyphōs
ablative scyphō scyphīs
vocative scyphe scyphī


  • scyphus in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • scyphus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • scyphus” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • scyphus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • scyphus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin