Tongs, pincers, nippers, or pliers, used in antiquity for various purposes.
A pair of tongs (πυράγρα, θερμαστρίς
) for taking heated
metal out of the fire, or holding it upon the anvil; used by smiths, and therefore attributed
to Vulcan and the Cyclopes. (See Incus
As a surgical
Forcipes. (Blūmner.) a, b, and e,
from vase-paintings; c, from the altar of Vulcan at Veii; d, from a bas-relief; f, from an original now in
the Zürich Museum.
instrument, a forceps (λαβίς
, Hippocr.). Several
specimens found at Pompeii are figured under Chirurgia
In military language, a tenaille; in which sense, however, forfex
more used (Amm. Marc. xvi. 11.3). See Forfex