One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in ancient Greece and Rome) hot baths used for public bathing.
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- ‘The city developed and exploited water on a vast scale, the aqueducts of imperial Rome furnishing supplies for 121 fountains, 11 imperial thermae, 926 public baths and assorted private establishments.’
- ‘The afternoons of Roman citizens were often spent in the thermae.’
- ‘This library was attached by Diocletian, as an ornament, to his thermae.’
Latin, from Greek thermai ‘hot baths’, from thermē ‘heat’.
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