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strigil

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noun strig·il \ˈstri-jəl\

Definition of strigil

  1. :  an instrument used by ancient Greeks and Romans for scraping moisture off the skin after bathing or exercising



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Origin of strigil

Latin strigilis; akin to Latin stringere to touch lightly


First Known Use: 1581

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