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An instrument used in ancient Greece and Rome for scraping the skin after a bath.

[Latin strigilis; see streig- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Archaeology) a curved blade used by the ancient Romans and Greeks to scrape the body after bathing
2. (Architecture) 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]


(ˈstrɪdʒ əl)

an implement with a curved blade used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to scrape oil, sweat, and dirt from the skin after exercise.
[1575–85; < Latin strigilis, akin to stringere to touch, shave, skim; see stringent]
strig′il•ate (-ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt) adj.
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Three years later, when archaeologists raised the statue, it was revealed to be a Classical Greek Apoxyomenos, an athlete--most likely an Olympic wrestler--in the process of removing oil and sand from his nude body with a small metal scraper called a strigil.
Many of the objects came from Pompeii and Herculaneum and run the gamut from articles recognizable today, such as a razor, to discontinued objects, now unrecognizable, such as the strigil, used to scrape oil, sweat, and dirt from the body after bathing or exercising.
Elytrotergal stridulatory organs present, with elytral strigil (file-like structures) on the apical portion of the ventral sides of the elytra (Figs.
ACCIAC-CATURA and ALEMBIC, LATRODECTUS MACTANS and NEUTRAL DENSITY POINT, CHIAROSCURO and PROPRIOCEPTION and TESTUDO and ANNULATE and BRICOLAGE and CATALEPT and GERRYMANDER and SCOPOPHILIA and LAERTES--and all of a sudden it occurs to Gately the aforethought EXTRUDING, STRIGIL and LEXICAL themselves--and LORDOSIS and IMPOST and SINISTRAL and MENISCUS and CHRONAXY and POOR YORICK and LUCULUS and CERISE MONTCLAIR and then DE SICA NEO-REAL CRANE DOLLY and CIRCUMAMBIENTFOUNDDRAMALEVIRAT- EMARRIAGE and then more lexical terms and words speeding up to chipmunkish and then HELIATED and then all the way up to a sound like a mosquito on speed, and Gately tries to clutch both his temples with one hand and scream, but nothing comes out.
35) A further interesting case is offered by Riddle 89 (strigilis aenea), which describes a bronze strigil used for removing dirt and sweat from the skin in a bathhouse: "Robida, curua, capax, alienis humida guttis .
Early Greeks and Romans used a metal tool called a strigil (STRI-jehl) to scrape dirt, oil, and sweat from their bodies.
while the other, to the right, holds a strigil and an oil-flask to
SCRATCH MY BACK: A Roman bronze strigil that sold for pounds 336 in Bonhams
The Greeks cleaned themselves, for example after wrestling naked, not with soap but with a curved metal scraper called a strigil.
Penalty flags might fly for some misspellings: "Illiad" for Iliad and "stirgil" for strigil, for example, but altogether the research is solid, with helpful bibliographies after each section.
68), the athlete is clothed, but holds a strigil, as if to emphasize that he has just finished bathing.
Instead, they rubbed on perfumed olive oil and then scraped off the dirt and oil with a blade called a strigil.