One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large awning used in ancient Rome to shelter an amphitheatre from the weather.
- ‘Canvas was chosen for its practicality and economy, also in respect for tradition, for it has been used to provide shade in Spain since the Romans used it in the velaria of their amphitheatres.’
- 1.1 An inner ceiling used to improve acoustics in a theatre.
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