strigil

[ strij-uh l ]
/ ˈstrɪdʒ əl /

noun

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.

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Origin of strigil

1575–85; < Latin strigilis, akin to stringere to touch lightly; see streak, strike

OTHER WORDS FROM strigil

strig·il·ate [strij-uh-lit, -leyt] /ˈstrɪdʒ ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for strigilate

strigil
/ (ˈstrɪdʒɪl) /

noun

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 for strigil

C16: from Latin strigilis, from stringere to graze
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