[ nim-fee-uh m ]
/ nɪmˈfi əm /

noun, plural nym·phae·a [nim-fee-uh] /nɪmˈfi ə/.

a room or area having a fountain, statues, flowers, etc.
an architecturally treated outlet of a reservoir or aqueduct.

Origin of nymphaeum

1760–70; < Latin < Greek nymphaîon place sacred to nymphs, noun use of neuter of nymphaîos, equivalent to nýmph(ē) nymph + -aios adj. suffix
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