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thermae

[thur-mee]
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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. hot springs; hot baths.
  2. a public bathing establishment of the ancient Greeks or Romans.

Origin of thermae

1590–1600; < Latin < Greek thérmai; noun use of plural of thérmē heat; see thermo-
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Historical Examples

  • Ruins of the thermae of Caracalla and of Titus are still standing.

    Rome

    Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker

  • Equally remarkable was the Roman system for supplying their city, their thermae, and their 1350 street fountains with pure water.

    Rome

    Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker

  • Within the town are remains of thermae on the north of the Via Appia and of a theatre opposite, on the south.

  • It leaves on the right the great Thermae of Constantine, of which the Austrians have cleared out the south-east part.

  • The public baths and thermae were under the more immediate superintendence of the aediles.


British Dictionary definitions for thermae

thermae

pl n
  1. public baths or hot springs, esp in ancient Greece or Rome

Word Origin

C17: from Latin, from Greek thermai, pl of thermē heat
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