compluvium

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin

Noun[edit]

compluvium (plural compluvia)

  1. (architecture) A space left unroofed over the court of a dwelling in Ancient Rome, through which the rain fell into the impluvium or cistern.

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From compluit (it flows together, it rains upon), from cum + pluit (it rains).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

compluvium n (genitive compluviī); second declension

  1. a rectangular open space in the middle of a Roman house, which collected rain water falling on the surrounding roof and conducted it to a basin (impluvium) placed below.

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative compluvium compluvia
genitive compluviī compluviōrum
dative compluviō compluviīs
accusative compluvium compluvia
ablative compluviō compluviīs
vocative compluvium compluvia

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References[edit]

  • compluvium in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879