Sawdust, which was used by the Romans for sprinkling upon the floor of rooms, especially of
dining-rooms, as on the terrasses of modern French
cafés and the floors of bar-rooms ( Hor. Sat.
ii. 4, 81
; Juv.xiv. 67
). In the houses of the wealthy,
this sawdust was often coloured red or a bright yellow (Petron. 68
). Elagabalus used gold-dust for the same purpose (Lamprid.
31). The name is also used of filings of metals (cf. Blümner,
, iv. 256).