- A water clock, especially as used in the ancient world.
Translations: Etymology: From Latin, clepsydra, from Ancient Greek (polytonic, ), from combining form of (polytonic, ) "to steal" + (polytonic, á) "water".
- 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 856:
- :They sat among the choiring clepsydras of the evening garden, time elapsing in a dozen ways, allowing their cigars to go out, keeping a companionable silence.
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