- an instrument with a curved blade, used especially by the ancient Greeks and Romans for scraping the skin at the bath and in the gymnasium.
Origin of strigil
Examples from the Web for strigil
Having warmed the fat of a squirrel in a strigil, instil it.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times
John Stewart Milne
A boy emerging into manhood leaves his petasos and strigil and chlamys to Hermes, the god of games.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol II of 2)
John Addington Symonds
In one the athlete is represented handing his strigil to his slave, in the other the athlete stands alone, strigil in hand.Miscellanies
Galen generally followed the teaching of Hippocrates on gymnastics, and wrote a whole book on the merits of using the strigil.
The guttus was a small vessel with a narrow neck adapted for dropping oil on the strigil to lubricate its working edge.
- a curved blade used by the ancient Romans and Greeks to scrape the body after bathing
- architect a decorative fluting, esp one in the shape of the letter S as used in Roman architecture
Word Origin and History for strigil
"ancient tool for scraping the skin after a bath," 1580s, from Latin strigilis "horse-comb," from stringere (1) "draw along a surface, graze, wound, strip off, rub," from PIE root *streig- (cf. Latin striga "stroke, strike, furrow," stria "furrow, channel;" Old Church Slavonic striga "shear;" Old English stracian "to stroke;" German streichen "to stroke, rub"). Etymologists dispute over whether this is connected to Latin stringere (2), root of strain (v.).