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displuviate

[dis-ploo-vee-eyt]
adjective
  1. (of the atrium of an ancient Roman house) having roofs sloping downward and outward from a central opening.
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Origin of displuviate

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

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

    Ten Books on Architecture

    Vitruvius

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