), a large kind of wicker
basket, made of osier branches. (Moer. Att.
and Hesych. sub voce
) From Aristophanes (Aristoph. Birds 1310
) it would seem that
it was used by the Greeks as a basket or cage for birds. The Romans used it
for agricultural purposes, and Columella (11.3.51), in describing a method
of procuring early cucumbers, says that they should be sown in well-manured
soil, kept in a cophinus, so that in this case we have to consider it as a
kind of portable hot-bed. Juvenal (Sat.
and 6.542), when speaking of the Jews, describes their whole furniture as
consisting in cophinus et faenum
(a truss of
is a more general term,
) is more properly a basket for food. Cf. Meyer on St.
Matt. 16.10. [CORBIS