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
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.