strigil

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Roman strigils, 1st century CE

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From Latin strigilis.

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strigil (plural strigils)

  1. (historical) A grooming tool used to scrape away dead skin, oil, dirt, etc.
    • 2010, Mary Beard, chapter 3, in Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town:
      In another corner, more bone hinges and bronze fittings indicated another cupboard, this time containing a range of rather more prized possessions: the statuette of Venus, a glass swan, a terracotta Cupid, plus some rock-crystal jewellery, a broken horse bit, a couple of strigils (used for ‘scraping down’ after exercise) and various bits and pieces of bone and bronze, including two lamp-stands.

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strigil m (plural strigiles)

  1. strigil