ergastulum

noun
er·​gas·​tu·​lum | \ ˌərˈgaschələm, -stəl- \
plural ergastula\ -​lə \

Definition of ergastulum

: a dungeon on a large Roman farm in which slave laborers were confined

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History and Etymology for ergastulum

Latin, probably modification of Greek ergastērion workshop, from ergazesthai to work

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“Ergastulum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ergastulum. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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