Definition of hypocaust in English:

hypocaust

Syllabification: hy·po·caust
Pronunciation: /ˈhīpəˌkôst
 
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noun

  • A hollow space under the floor of an ancient Roman building, into which hot air was sent for heating a room or bath.
    More example sentences
    • Other mosaics, fountains and hypocausts came to light, and room after room as the palatial villa was uncovered.
    • Following St Johns Street opposite Newgate Street are public gardens containing columns, a reconstructed hypocaust and various building fragments.
    • This was done by using a furnace and the hypocaust system carried the heat around the complex.

Origin

from Latin hypocaustum, from Greek hupokauston 'place heated from below', from hupo 'under' + kau- (base of kaiein 'to burn').

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