One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in ancient Greece and Rome) hot baths used for public bathing.
bathtub, tub, hot tubView synonyms
- ‘The afternoons of Roman citizens were often spent in the thermae.’
- ‘This library was attached by Diocletian, as an ornament, to his thermae.’
- ‘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.’
Latin, from Greek thermai ‘hot baths’, from thermē ‘heat’.
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