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The term ὄλισβος likely did not univocally refer to a dildo, nor was it the νοϰ propria for the implement in ancient Greek. It seems to have meant "slider", and to have originally referred to a type of musical instrument slid along strings. Like the word πλῆϰτρον ("striker") it subsequently came to designate the dildo, probably simply as a coinage of Cratinus which was later borrowed by Aristophanes. A number of other terms were used to designate the dildo in ancient Greek.
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