The etymology of the Latin term meta is unclear. Basically it describes cone- or pyramid-shaped objects of stone, or sometimes wood, with various functions. In stone as a meta molendaria, the conical lower stone of ancient mills (mola asinaria,Mill), on top of which the upper stone, the catillus, turned (Dig. 33,7,18,5).
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