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  • noun A device used in sortition.


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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.



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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