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impluvium

Line breaks: im¦plu|vium
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpluːvɪəm
 
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Definition of impluvium in English:

noun (plural impluvia /-vɪə/)

The square basin in the centre of the atrium of an ancient Roman house, which received rainwater from an opening in the roof.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Latin, from impluere 'rain into'.

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