com·​plu·​vi·​um | \ kəmˈplüvēəm, (ˈ)käm¦p- \
plural compluvia\ -​ēə \

Definition of compluvium

: 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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History and Etymology for compluvium

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

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“Compluvium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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