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.
More 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.
Latin, from impluere 'rain into'.