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CYMBA (κύμβη), 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. Nat. 7.208; Afran. in Non. p. 535, 31; Verg. G. 4.195; Cic. de Off. 3.1. 4, 59; cymba adunca, Ov. Met. 1.293; concava, Am. 3.6, 4; Fast. 6.777.) The poets give the name of cymba to Charon's boat. (Verg. A. 6.303; Georg. iv,

Cymba, Charon's boat, with Hermes, conducting a soul. (From a Roman lamp.)

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. 8.20.7.)


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