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n. pl. al•ve•i (-vē-ī′)
  1. A channel or trough.
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Historical Examples of alveus

  • The calidarium had the labrum at one end, and the alveus was in one side of the room.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4


  • At the other end stood the large hot water tank (alveus), in which the bath was taken by a number of persons at a time.

    The Private Life of the Romans

    Harold Whetstone Johnston

  • At one end of the caldarium we find the bath basin, alveus; at the other is the support of the labrum, which has disappeared.

  • This alveus would accommodate eight bathers, that in the men's caldarium perhaps ten.

  • The square basin (alveus or baptisterium) which served for the warm baths was of marble.