scytale

noun scyt·a·le \ˈsitəl(ˌ)ē\

Definition of scytale

plural

-s

  1. 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

  2. 2a :  a message written in the scytale cipher b :  a parchment bearing such a message

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Origin and Etymology of scytale

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


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