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FORPEX

FORPEX a pair of curling irons, is sometimes treated as a mere corruption of FORCEPS; and in an obscure passage of Suetonius (Suet. Aug. 75) both the reading and the sense are doubtful. But the derivation from pecto is obviously appropriate; and it seems to have been an old word (Cat. Agr. 10.3) revived, like so many others, by late authors (Sidon. Apoll. Epith. 15.184). In the classical period its place was taken by calamistri [CALAMISTRU].

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