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cista , ae, f., = κίστη,
I.a wooden box or basket, often woven of slips or twigs, used for keeping money, clothes, books, fruit, etc.
II. Esp.
1. In mystical religious festivals, a box for holding the sacred utensils, Cat. 64, 259; Ov. A. A. 2, 609; Tib. 1, 7, 48; Val. Fl. 2, 267; App. M. 6, p. 174; 11, p. 262.—
2. A box for depositing the votes in assemblies of the people, Plin. 33, 2, 7, § 31; Sisenn. ap. Non. p. 91, 24; Auct. Her. 1, 12, 21; Ascon. ap. Cic. Div. in Caecil. 7, 24; cf. Dict. of Antiq.
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