hypocaust

noun hy·po·caust \ ˈhī-pə-ˌkȯst \

Definition of hypocaust

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

Origin and Etymology of hypocaust

Latin hypocaustum, from Greek hypokauston, from hypokaiein to light a fire under, from hypo- + kaiein to burn


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