from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An instrument used in ancient Greece and Rome for scraping the skin after a bath.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a grooming tool used to scrape away dead skin, oil, dirt, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument of metal, ivory, etc., used for scraping the skin at the bath.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. A flesh-brush, or a glove of hair-cloth, rough toweling, or other article used for stimulating the skin by rubbing.
- n. 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. 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.
Latin strigilis; see streig- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin strigilis. (Wiktionary)