- 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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The Nymphaeum was decagonal on plan, so that small pendentives were required to carry the brick dome.