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Impluvium

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Impluvium

in roman dwellings, a cistern or tank, set in the atrium or peristyle to recieve the water from the roof, by means of the compluvium; generally made ornamental with flowers and works of art around its birm.

Origin: L, fr. Impluere to rain into; pref. Im- in _ pluere to rain.