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  • n. A device used in sortition.


Related to the Ancient Greek κλῆρος (klēros, "lot”, “chance"). This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. (Wiktionary)



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  • A simple lottery device used by Athenians during the period of their democracy to randomly choose citizens for public posts. It consisted of a flat surface incised with many slots into which the citizens' tokens would be placed, as well as a tube that was to be filled with different-colored balls that were cranked out, the color of which determining which rows of slots would be chosen. Quod vide.

    February 7, 2008