compluvium

noun com·plu·vi·um \ kəmˈplüvēəm , (ˈ)käm¦p- \

Definition of compluvium

plural compluvia \-ēə\
: a square opening in the roof of the ancient Roman atrium toward which the roof sloped and through which the rain fell into the impluvium

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Origin and Etymology of compluvium

Latin, from compluere to flow together, from com- + pluere to rain


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