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Rutabŭlum


1.

A fire-shovel, employed by bakers and smiths for throwing up the embers and ignitable matter in their ovens and forges (Festus, s. v.; Isidor. Orig. xx. 8, 6); whence it is commonly mentioned in conjunction with the tongs (forceps) (Suet. Aug. 75). The word is another form of rutrum (q. v.).


2.

A wooden shovel, used for stirring together and amalgamating the new-made wine (mustum) with that which was boiled down (defrutum) and other ingredients infused into it.

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