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ampulla , ae, f. amb- and olla, as having handles on both (opposite) sides, or an irreg. dim. of amphora.
I. A vessel for holding liquids, furnished with two handles and swelling in the middle, a flask, bottle, jar, pot, etc. (also made of leather), Plaut. Merc. 5, 2, 86; id. Pers. 1, 3, 44; Cic. Fin. 4, 12 al.—*
II. Prob. on account of its shape, like λήκυθος, of inflated discourse, swelling words, bombast: proicit ampullas et sesquipedalia verba, * Hor. A. P. 97; cf. Cic. Att. 1, 14, and ampullor.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (5):
    • Cicero, Letters to Atticus, 1.14
    • Plautus, Mercator, 5.2
    • Horace, Ars Poetica, 97
    • Plautus, Persa, 1.3
    • Cicero, de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum, 4.12
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