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Acetabŭlum

ὀξίς, ὀξύβαφον, ἐμβάφιον). A small shallow vessel originally employed to hold vinegar or sauces into which the food was dipped. It was afterwards employed as a receptacle for salad, wine, honey, and in playing one form of the cottabus (q. v.). The accompanying illustration

Dish showing two small Acetabula.

from Daremberg and Saglio s. h. v. shows two acetabula placed one on each side of a sucking pig served up in a lanx. The name is also a Roman measure of capacity in liquid as well as dry measure=ὀξύβαφον, and holding one fourth of the hemina and one eighth of the sextarius.

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