hypocaust

[ hahy-puh-kawst, hip-uh- ]

noun
  1. a hollow space or system of channels in the floor or walls of some ancient Roman buildings that provided a central heating system by receiving and distributing the heat from a furnace.

Origin of hypocaust

1
1670–80; <Latin hypocaustum<Greek hypókauston room heated from below, equivalent to hypo-hypo- + kaustón, neuter of kaustós (verbal adjective) heated, burned; see caustic

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hypocaust

/ (ˈhaɪpəˌkɔːst) /


noun
  1. an ancient Roman heating system in which hot air circulated under the floor and between double walls

Origin of hypocaust

1
C17: from Latin hypocaustum, from Greek hupokauston room heated from below, from hupokaiein to light a fire beneath, from hypo- + kaiein to burn

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