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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scaphism An ancient mode of punishing criminals among the Persians, by confining the victim in a trough, with his head and limbs smeared with honey or the like, and exposed to the sun and to insects until he died.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scaphism A barbarous punishment inflicted among the Persians, by confining the victim in a hollow tree. Five holes were made—one for the head, and the others for the arms and legs. These parts were anointed with honey to attract wasps, and in this plight the criminal was left till he died. Brewer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scaphism skaf′izm a Persian punishment by which the victim was fastened in a hollow tree, and smeared over with honey to attract wasps, &c.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ska`fh a trough
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. skaphē, anything hollowed out.