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strigil

[strij-uh l] /ˈstrɪdʒ əl/
noun
1.
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
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin strigilis, akin to stringere to touch lightly; see streak, strike
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strigilate
[strij-uh-lit, -leyt] /ˈstrɪdʒ ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for strigilate

strigil

/ˈstrɪdʒɪl/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: from Latin strigilis, from stringere to graze
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Word Origin and History for strigilate
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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