variants or less commonly nympheum
plural nymphaea
: a Roman building or room containing a fountain, adorned with plants and sculpture, and serving as a place of rest

Word History


French nymphaeum, from Latin, literally, shrine of nymphs, from Greek nymphaion, from nymphē nymph

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“Nymphaeum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nymphaeum. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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