scytale

noun
scyt·a·le | \ˈsitᵊl(ˌ)ē\
plural -s

Definition of scytale 

1 : a method of cipher writing used especially by the Spartans in which a narrow strip of parchment was wound on a rod and the message written across the adjoining edges

2a : a message written in the scytale cipher

b : a parchment bearing such a message

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History and Etymology for scytale

Latin scytale, scytala, scutula, from Greek skytalē staff, cylinder, message

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