• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Strigil (Gr. & Rom. Antiq) An instrument of metal, ivory, etc., used for scraping the skin at the bath.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Romans used to clean themselves with olive oil since they did not have any soap. They would pour the oil on their bodies, and then use a strigil, which is type of blade, to scrape off any dirt along with the oil
    • n strigil An instrument of metal, ivory, or horn, used by the ancients for scraping the skin at the bath and in the gymnasium; a flesh-scraper. See cut under Lysippan.
    • n strigil A flesh-brush, or a glove of hair-cloth, rough toweling, or other article used for stimulating the skin by rubbing.
    • n strigil In entomology: A pectinated spur on the legs of certain insects (bees, wasps, ants, bugs, etc.), used for removing foreign substances from the surface of the body. See strigilis.
    • n strigil A curious asymmetrical organ composed of rows of black, closely packed, comb-like plates found on one side of the dorsal surface of the terminal abdominal segments of the males of certain Corisidæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Strigil strij′il a flesh-scraper.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. strigilis, from stringere, to graze, scrape
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. strigilis, a scraper—stringĕre, to contract.


In literature:

Two pretty slave girls were scraping him with strigils.
"Thais" by Anatole France
Some men, after their games, were scraping their sweating bodies with the strigil.
"Buried Cities, Part 1, Pompeii" by Jennie Hall
He was scraping the oil and dust from his body with a strigil.
"Buried Cities, Part 2" by Jennie Hall
Some men, after their games, were scraping their sweating bodies with the strigil.
"Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae" by Jennie Hall
One day the Emperor Hadrian seeing one of his veterans thus engaged, gave him money and slaves to strigillate him.
"The Wonders of Pompeii" by Marc Monnier
Towels and strigils were employed for rubbing and scraping after the anointing; the strigil was, as a rule, made of iron.
"Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine" by James Sands Elliott
A bronze strigil lay across the threshold, where it had been dropped in someone's hasty flight.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
Strigillate -ation: = stridulate -anon; q.v.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The poorer classes had to use their strigils themselves.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
A nude male figure, Tryphon, stands, half turned to the left, having a chlamys above the left arm, and a strigil in the right hand.
"A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Volume I (of 2)" by A. H. Smith