, coclearum ;
, or better λίστριον
[Phryn. 293; Pollux, 6.87, 10.89], κοχλιώρυχον
) was a kind of spoon, the bowl of
which was usually round, while the handle was narrow and pointed. (The
on the contrary, more nearly
resembled our spoons.) The pointed end was used for drawing snails (cocleae
) out of their shells, and eating them,
whence it derived its name; and the broader part for eating eggs,
&c. Martial (14.121
) mentions both
these uses of the coclear,
habilis nec sum minus utilis ovis.” (Compare Plin. Nat. 28.19
; Petron. 33.) In the
accompanying illustration we give coclearia
found at Pompeii (Mus. Borbon.
x. pl. xlvi.; Antiq. du
pl. 30.5; Schmidt, Antiq.
Coclearia, spoons. (Museo Borbonico.)
was also the name given to a small measure like our
spoonful. According to Rhemnius Fannius, it was 1/24 of the cyathus. (Cf.