hypocaust


hy·po·caust

noun \ˈhī-pə-ˌkst\

Definition of HYPOCAUST

:  an ancient Roman central heating system with underground furnace and tile flues to distribute the heat

Origin of HYPOCAUST

Latin hypocaustum, from Greek hypokauston, from hypokaiein to light a fire under, from hypo- + kaiein to burn
First Known Use: 1678

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