[ dis-ploo-vee-eyt ]

  1. (of the atrium of an ancient Roman house) having roofs sloping downward and outward from a central opening.

Origin of displuviate

<Latin displuviātus, equivalent to dis-dis-1 + pluvi(a) rain + -ātus-ate1

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How to use displuviate in a sentence

  • The roof of the displuviate atrium sloped from the middle toward the sides, the water being carried off by lead pipes.

  • In the displuviate, there are beams which slope outwards, supporting the roof and throwing the rainwater off.