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(literally 'rod').

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[1] Weaving device

(κερκίς/kerkís). In weaving (Textiles, production of), the device with which the weft thread was introduced to the opened 'compartment', and hence by which the threads of the chain were separated, was probably originally an elongated rod around which the weft thread was wound. Later, the weaving shuttle, which adopted the name, was used for this. The coil located in the shuttle was called πηνίον/pēníon, πήνη/pḗnē, Lat. panu…

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Groß, Walter Hatto (Hamburg) and Ziegler, Konrat (Göttingen), “Radius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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