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Cribrum

κόσκινον). A sieve; made of parchment

Bronze Cribra or Sieves from Pompeii. (Overbeck.)

perforated with holes, or of horse-hair, thread, papyrus, or rushes interwoven so as to leave interstices between each plat. The Romans sifted their flour through two kinds of sieves, called respectively excussoria and pollinaria, the latter of which gave the finest flour, termed pollen. Sieves of horse-hair were first made by the Gauls; those of linen by the Spaniards; and of papyrus and rushes by the Egyptians (Plin. H. N. xviii. 28; Cato , R. R. 76, 3; Pers. iii. 112). See p. 429.

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