). A sieve; made of parchment
Bronze Cribra or Sieves from Pompeii. (Overbeck.)
perforated with holes, or of horse-hair, thread, papyrus, or rushes interwoven so as
to leave interstices between each plat. The Romans sifted their flour through two kinds of
sieves, called respectively excussoria
, the latter of which gave the finest flour, termed pollen.
Sieves of horse-hair were first made by the Gauls; those of linen by the
Spaniards; and of papyrus and rushes by the Egyptians (Plin.
H. N. xviii. 28
; Cato , R. R.
76, 3; Pers. iii. 112
). See p. 429.