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impluvium

[im-ploo-vee-uh m]
noun, plural im·plu·vi·a [im-ploo-vee-uh] /ɪmˈplu vi ə/.
  1. a basin or tank within a compluvium.
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Origin of impluvium

1805–15; < Latin, equivalent to impluv-, base of impluere to rain (upon, into) (im- im-1 + pluere to rain; cf. pluvial) + -ium -ium
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Historical Examples

  • He walked into the impluvium, but heard nothing and saw nothing.

    Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches

    Maurice Baring

  • In the restoration, the impluvium is surrounded with a mosaic border.

  • Beyond the impluvium is the place of a small altar for the worship of the Lares.

  • In the centre of the peristyle was an open court, which contained the impluvium.

    The Last Days of Pompeii

    Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

  • But what had happened to the exquisite garden in the impluvium?