. A spit used for roasting meat (Varro, L.
v. 127). It was often made of wood (Plin. H.
N. xxx. 37
Georg. ii. 396
Fast. ii. 363
), sharpened at the point, so as to be driven through the
1063; Verg. Aen. i.
), and placed over the fire (id. Verg. Aen.
), and probably turned by the hand upon fire-dogs or andirons (varae
). See Vara
.) A missile weapon (Verg. Aen. vii. 665
), adopted from the Samnites by the light infantry
of the Romans. It had a sharp, round, iron point, like the spit after which it was named
(Festus, s. v. “Samnites”).