noun (plural piscinas or piscinae /-nē/)
1A stone basin near the altar in Catholic and pre-Reformation churches for draining water used in the Mass.
More example sentences
- The second stone was apparently the octagonal upper portion of a piscina or lavacrum, like those found near the altar in 13 th century churches.
- The sedilia form an ensemble with the piscina, tomb of Christ, and patron's tomb, all carved with foliage and figures.
- The church itself is home to a 100-year-old organ, 14th century carvings and a 12 th century baptism font known as a piscina.