noun (plural laconica)
A room in an ancient Roman baths used for hot-air or steam baths.
- The over-ambitious attempt at providing a laconicum was abandoned, probably due to a lack of success.
- In the caldarium and laconicum, the patent hot air heaters were supplemented by radiant heat panels.
- Most tours start with a visit to the palestra or gym, followed by a look at the laconicum or Turkish bath.
Latin, neuter of Laconicus 'Laconic', this type of room being first used by the Spartans.
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