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[pi-sahy-nuh, pi-see-]
noun, plural pis·ci·nae [pi-sahy-nee, pi-see-] /pɪˈsaɪ ni, pɪˈsi-/. Ecclesiastical.
  1. a basin with a drain used for certain ablutions, now generally in the sacristy.
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Origin of piscina

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin, special use of Latin piscīna a fish pond, swimming pool, equivalent to pisc(is) fish + -īna, feminine of -īnus -ine1
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Historical Examples of piscina

  • Well, she got to Lourdes, and dipped her hand into the piscina.

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete

    Emile Zola

  • There are remains of a piscina in this chapel, but very much battered.

  • There are ambries in the walls and an eastern altar with a piscina.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys

    Dugald Butler and Herbert Story

  • Close to the sedilia is a piscina decorated in a similar manner.

  • The piscina or basin built in the wall is the place where you must look for the change.


    Charles E. Kelsey

British Dictionary definitions for piscina


noun plural -nae (-niː) or -nas
  1. RC Church a stone basin, with a drain, in a church or sacristy where water used at Mass is poured away
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Derived Formspiscinal (ˈpɪsɪnəl), adjective

Word Origin for piscina

C16: from Latin: fish pond, from piscis a fish
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