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Chytra

χύτρα). An earthen vessel for common use, especially for cooking. It was ordinarily left unpainted, and hence all unprofitable labour was described by the proverb χύτραν ποικίλλειν, “to paint a chytra.” A very remarkable use of these vessels of earthenware among the Greeks was to put infants into them to be exposed (Ran. 1188). Hence the exposure of children was called ἐγχυτρίζειν, and the miserable women who practised it, ἐγχυτριστρίαι.

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