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CAPISTE´RIUM an instrument employed for cleansing the ears of corn after they had been threshed out and winnowed. It was used differently from the sieve (cribrum) and the winnowing shovel (pala, vannus); and was probably a wooden trough (alveus), into which the corn was put and shaken up, so that the heavy grains subsided to the bottom (Rich). Saglio suggests that these heavy grains may have been selected for sowing. (Col. 1.9, 11; Apul. Met. x. p. 193.)


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