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Stilus

and (incorrectly) Stylus (γραφίς, γραφεῖον).


1.

An iron, bronze, bone, or ivory instrument, the shape and size of a modern pencil, used by the ancients for writing upon wax tablets. One end was made sharp for this purpose, while the other was blunt and round for obliterating what had been written. Hence vertere stilum means “to erase” and “to correct.” Another name for the stilus was graphium, and the case in which it was carried was called graphiarium. See illustration under Graphium.


2.

A sharp stake or spike placed in pitfalls in front of an intrenchment to embarrass the approach of an enemy. See Murex.

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