properly is the shell of the Egyptian bean plant (colocasia
), the bean itself being called κύαμος.
These shells, and indeed the leaves too
(Plin. Nat. 21.87
), were made into
drinking cups (Nic. ap. Ath. 72a
), and were no
doubt of the same shape as the original shell, broad at the top and becoming
narrow towards the bottom (Didym. ap. Ath.
e). From their shape they appear very similar to that kind of
cup called ᾠοσκύφιον,
if we may adopt the
acute emendation of Ussing (De
p. 133) in Didymus (l.c.
). They were smooth and large (Hor. Od. 2.7
often were wrought in a costly manner (Ath.
e). No certain specimen of one can be given. For the meaning
in ecclesiastical Latin, see