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The square basin in the centre of the atrium of an ancient Roman house, which received rainwater from an opening in the roof.
- ‘Further to the impluvium there was an underground tank connected to it which could catch any excess rainwater.’
- ‘North of the impluvium you see an elaborate cantibulum resting between the two northern-most columns.’
- ‘A wellhead next to the impluvium provided access to the water stored in the cistern.’
- ‘The eroded surfaces are now masked as damp woods which have invaded impluvia, gorges and escarpments.’
- ‘The ancient Romans used the water collected in the impluvium to supplement their aqueduct system.’
Latin, from impluere rain into.
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