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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. Elagab. 31). The name is also used of filings of metals (cf. Blümner, Technologie, iv. 256).

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    • Horace, Satires, 2.4
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