) properly signified anything made of wicker-work.
1. The name of the Persian shields, which were made of wicker-work covered
with ox-hide, of an oblong shape, and were smaller and shorter than the
Greek shields (ἀντὶ ἀσπίδων γέρρα,
; Xen. Anab. 2.1
, § 6;
7.1.33). 2. For the wattled screens or hurdles called
in the Athenian Agora, see ECCLESIA
p. 699 a.
The Latin gerrae,
“nonsense” (Plaut. Asin.
2.2, 51; Poen.
1.1, 9) seems to be a
metaphor from the lightness and flimsiness of wicker-work (Fest. s. vv. cerrones, gerrae
). The connexion with
“queer,” Germ. quer
(Wagner on Plaut.
3.3, 31), can hardly be maintained.