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σπεῖρα 1

I.Lat. spira, anything wound or coiled: in pl. the coils or spires of a serpent, Eur.; also σπείραις δικτυοκλώστοις with the net's meshy folds, Soph.
2.σπεῖραι βόειαι thongs or straps of ox-hide bound round a boxer's fist, the caestus, Theocr.
II.a body of men-at-arms, the Roman manipulus, = two centuries, Polyb.:—also a cohort, NTest.

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