). Generally, any person who employs the art of
gesticulation to express his meaning without the aid of language; thence, also, a pantomimic
actor on the stage (Juv.vi. 63
); and one who performs any duty with
regular, studied, or theatrical movements; whence the same term is applied by the satirists to
the slave who carved up the dishes at great entertainments with a pompous flourish of his
knife (Juv.v. 121
; cf. Petron. xxxvi.