AskDefine | Define strigil

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  1. a grooming tool used to scrape away dead skin, oil, dirt, etc.

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A strigil was a small, curved, metal tool used in ancient Greece and Rome to scrape dirt and sweat from the body, (in the age before effective soaps). First perfumed oil was applied to the skin, and then it would be scraped off, along with the dirt. For wealthier people, this process was often done by slaves. Strigils were often used in Roman baths.
strigil in German: Strigilis
strigil in Spanish: Estrígil
strigil in French: Strigile
strigil in Italian: Strigile
strigil in Portuguese: Strigilis
strigil in Russian: Стригиль
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