[ee-kuh s]

noun, plural oe·ci [ee-sahy] /ˈi saɪ/.

(in an ancient Roman house) an apartment, especially a dining room, decorated with columns.

Nearby words

  1. oe-,
  2. oecd,
  3. oecology,
  4. oecs,
  5. oecumenical,
  6. oed,
  7. oedema,
  8. oedipal,
  9. oedipal phase,
  10. oedipean

Origin of oecus

< Latin < Greek oîkos house

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Examples from the Web for oecus

  • Opening into the rear of the peristyle on one side is the oecus , on the other a long dining room (w).

  • In the doors leading from the corridor to the oecus, terrified faces of slaves began to show themselves a second time.

    Quo Vadis|Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • The remains of such an oecus may be seen in the houses of Meleager and of the Labyrinth.

  • In the oecus, the excavation was made from which the house received its name.