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nymphaeum

[nim-fee-uh m]
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noun, plural nym·phae·a [nim-fee-uh] /nɪmˈfi ə/.
  1. a room or area having a fountain, statues, flowers, etc.
  2. an architecturally treated outlet of a reservoir or aqueduct.
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Origin of nymphaeum

1760–70; < Latin < Greek nymphaîon place sacred to nymphs, noun use of neuter of nymphaîos, equivalent to nýmph(ē) nymph + -aios adj. suffix
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  • The Nymphaeum was decagonal on plan, so that small pendentives were required to carry the brick dome.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6

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