), literally a
hollow, was a small boat, probably made originally from the hollow of a
tree, used on rivers and lakes, &c., especially by fishermen. Pliny
ascribes its invention to the Phoenicians. (Plin.
; Afran. in Non.
31; Verg. G. 4.195
; Cic. de Off. 3.1. 4
Ov. Met. 1.293
; concava, Am.
3.6, 4; Fast.
6.777.) The poets give the name
to Charon's boat. (Verg. A. 6.303
Cymba, Charon's boat, with Hermes, conducting a soul. (From a
506; Hor. Carm. 2.3.28
; Prop. iii. (iv.)
18, 24.) The diminutive cymbula
is used of a
small boat attached to larger vessels. (Plin. Ep.