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cestus1

[ses-tuh s] /ˈsɛs təs/
noun, plural cesti
[ses-tahy] /ˈsɛs taɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a girdle or belt, especially as worn by women of ancient Greece.
2.
Classical Mythology. the girdle of Venus, decorated with every object that could arouse amorous desire.
Also, especially British, cestos.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin < Greek kestós a girdle, literally, (something) stitched, equivalent to kes- (variant stem of kenteîn to stitch; see center) + -tos verbal adjective suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for cestos

cestus1

/ˈsɛstəs/
noun
1.
(classical myth) the girdle of Aphrodite (Venus) decorated to cause amorousness
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from Greek kestos belt, from kentein to stitch

cestus2

/ˈsɛstəs/
noun (pl) -tus, -tuses
1.
(in classical Roman boxing) a pugilist's gauntlet of bull's hide loaded or studded with metal
Word Origin
C18: from Latin caestus, probably from caedere to strike, slay
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