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.
- strig·il·ate [strij-uh-lit, -leyt], /ˈstrɪdʒ ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/, adjective
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How to use strigil in a sentence
A bronze strigil lay across the threshold, where it had been dropped in someone's hasty flight.Nicanor - Teller of Tales | C. Bryson Taylor
Galen generally followed the teaching of Hippocrates on gymnastics, and wrote a whole book on the merits of using the strigil.Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine | James Sands Elliott
The guttus was a small vessel with a narrow neck adapted for dropping oil on the strigil to lubricate its working edge.Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine | James Sands Elliott
Beside him, a diminutive figure of a nude boy holding a strigil.
Having warmed the fat of a squirrel in a strigil, instil it.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times | John Stewart Milne
British Dictionary definitions for strigil
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
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