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