alveus al·ve·us (āl'vē-əs)
n. pl. al·ve·i (-vē-ī')
A channel or trough.
This alveus would accommodate eight bathers, that in the men's caldarium perhaps ten.
The calidarium had the labrum at one end, and the alveus was in one side of the room.
At the other end stood the large hot water tank (alveus), in which the bath was taken by a number of persons at a time.
At one end of the caldarium we find the bath basin, alveus; at the other is the support of the labrum, which has disappeared.
The square basin (alveus or baptisterium) which served for the warm baths was of marble.