strigil

strigil

[strij-uhl]
noun
an instrument with a curved blade, used especially by the ancient Greeks and Romans for scraping the skin at the bath and in the gymnasium.

Origin:
1575–85; < Latin strigilis, akin to stringere to touch lightly; see streak, strike

strigilate [strij-uh-lit, -leyt] , adjective
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strigil (ˈstrɪdʒɪl)
 
n
1.  a curved blade used by the ancient Romans and Greeks to scrape the body after bathing
2.  architect a decorative fluting, esp one in the shape of the letter S as used in Roman architecture
 
[C16: from Latin strigilis, from stringere to graze]

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strigil
"ancient tool for scraping the skin after a bath," 1581, from L. strigilis "horse-comb," from stringere (1) "draw along a surface, graze, wound, strip off, rub," from PIE base *streig- (cf. L. striga "stroke, strike, furrow," stria "furrow, channel;" O.C.S. striga "shear;" O.E. stracian "to stroke;"
Ger. streichen "to stroke, rub"). Etymologists dispute over whether this is connected to L. stringere (2), root of strain (v.).
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