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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Origin and Etymology of scytale
Latin scytale, scytala, scutula, from Greek skytalē staff, cylinder, message
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