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CUP (in O.E. cuppe; generally taken to be from Late Lat. cuppa, a variant of Lat. citpa, a cask, cf. Gr. KwreXXop), a drinking vessel, usually in the form of a half a Sphere, with or without a foot or handles. The footless type with a single handle is preserved in the ordinary tea-cup. The cup on a stem with a base is the usual form taken by the cup as used in the celebration of the eucharist, to which the name " chalice " (Lat. calix, Gr. KuXt, a goblet) is generally given. (See DRINKING VESSELS and PLATE.)

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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