(THEE-oh-ride) A noun, denoting a container or vessel that carries sacred messages. Derived from the Greek word
θεωρίς, meaning “a sacred ship which carried the
θεωρός was an ambassadorlike person sent to consult an oracle, or to present an offering — such as the people who Athens sent to Delphi. A bottle with a written prayer in it, thrown into a river, would be a theoride. As is consistent with the derivation, we often, though not always, hope for a response when we send off a theoride.