velarium

noun
ve·lar·i·um | \vi-ˈler-ē-əm \
plural velaria\vi-ˈler-ē-ə \

Definition of velarium 

: an awning over an ancient Roman theater or amphitheater

First Known Use of velarium

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for velarium

borrowed from Latin vēlārium "curtain" + -ārium -ary entry 1

Note: The sole instance of the word in classical Latin (in a satire of Juvenal) refers to a curtain in a theater; the notion that velarium referred specifically to an awning in an amphitheater is an invention of post-classical antiquarians and lexicographers.

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