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σεῖστρον). A kind of rattle used in the mystical worship of Isis, and borrowed, at the same time with it, from the Egyptians. It consisted of a thin oval band of metal (bronze, silver,


or gold) fastened to a handle, and crossed by a number of little metal rods, bent at either end, and loosely inserted in the band. It was held in the hand and shaken (Tibull. i. 3, 24). The same word is sometimes applied to a child's rattle (Mart.xiv. 54; Pollux, ix. 127). See Isis.

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