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