Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun (plural impluvia /ɪmˈpluːvɪə/)
The square basin in the centre of the atrium of an ancient Roman house, which received rainwater from an opening in the roof.
- North of the impluvium you see an elaborate cantibulum resting between the two northern-most columns.
- The ancient Romans used the water collected in the impluvium to supplement their aqueduct system.
- The eroded surfaces are now masked as damp woods which have invaded impluvia, gorges and escarpments.
Latin, from impluere 'rain into'.
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