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Gomphus

γόμφος). Properly a Greek word, which signifies a large wedge-shaped pin (Schol. Aristoph. Ep. 463; Tertull. Apol. 12) driven between two objects, to increase the firmuess or tightness of contiguous members, whence the same term was adopted by the Romans to designate the large, round-headed, and wedge-shaped stones

Gomphi. (Pompeii.)

which they used to place at intervals between the ordinary curb-stones bounding the foot-path or trottoir.

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