1) Said to be a large bowl in which wine was mixed with water, although examples quoted in the OED date only from the early 1700s.

It was not uncommon much earlier: 1400 volo quod ille crater argenteus & una magna olla erea ... vendantur, York

1434 lego Johanni Staynerode ... unum craterem, Campsall

1441 unum craterem argenti planum et coopertum, Bulmer

1482 omnia vasa sua argenti, j cratere excepto, Harewood.

dates 1400 1434 1441 1482

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