This caused various lateral and contrary movements, resulting in a whirling movement (Slvn) resembling the rotation of Anaxagoras, whereby similar atoms were brought together (as in the winnowing of grain) and united to form larger bodies and worlds.
The methods of threshing and winnowing were the same as those in use in ancient Egypt.
The shells and kernels are then separated in a winnowing machine.
At harvest-time the produce is placed in the barns of the lessor, who first deducts 25% as premium, then 16% for battiteria (the difference between corn before and after winnowing), then deducts a proportion for rent and subsidies, so that the portion retained by the actual tiller of the soil is extremely meagre.
The word Vanellus is from vannus, the fan used for winnowing corn, and refers to the audible beating of the bird's wings.