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[skrin-ee-uh m]
noun, plural scrin·i·a [skrin-ee-uh] /ˈskrɪn i ə/.
  1. a cylindrical container used in ancient Rome to hold papyrus rolls.
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Origin of scrinium

< Latin scrīnium; see shrine
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Historical Examples

  • Unum scrinium argenteum deauratum, in quo reponitur crux quo vocatur la blake rode.

    Notes and Queries, Number 55, November 16, 1850


  • The Roman scrinium, or book-case, a very costly cabinet, shows how these rolls were preserved.

  • When a number of rolls had to be carried from one place to another, they were put into a box (scrinium or capsa).

    The Care of Books

    John Willis Clark