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[kyoo-bik-yuh-luh m]
noun, plural cu·bic·u·la [kyoo-bik-yuh-luh] /kyuˈbɪk yə lə/. Archaeology.
  1. a burial chamber, as in catacombs.
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Origin of cubiculum

1825–35; < Latin: bedroom. See cubicle
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Examples from the Web for cubicula

Historical Examples of cubicula

  • The cubicula were located in the atrium, peristyle, and upper stories.

    Quintus Claudius, Volume 1 of 2

    Ernst Eckstein

  • After traversing some passages, we enter the cubicula of a family.

    Rambles in Rome

    S. Russell Forbes

  • The small rooms opening into the atrium of a Pompeian house are known as cubicula.

  • Other rooms round the court were the triclinium, or dining room, and cubicula or bedchambers.

  • In the upper levels, however, some cubicula are well lighted by large openings.

    The Catacombs of Rome

    William Henry Withrow

British Dictionary definitions for cubicula


noun plural -la (-lə)
  1. an underground burial chamber in Imperial Rome, such as those found in the catacombs
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Word Origin for cubiculum

C19: from Latin: cubicle
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