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hypocaust

[hahy-puh-kawst, hip-uh-] /ˈhaɪ pəˌkɔst, ˈhɪp ə-/
noun
1.
a hollow space or system of channels in the floor or walls of some ancient Roman buildings that provided a central heating system by receiving and distributing the heat from a furnace.
Origin of hypocaust
1670-1680
1670-80; < Latin hypocaustum < Greek hypókauston room heated from below, equivalent to hypo- hypo- + kaustón, neuter of kaustós (verbal adjective) heated, burned; see caustic
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British Dictionary definitions for hypocaust

hypocaust

/ˈhaɪpəˌkɔːst/
noun
1.
an ancient Roman heating system in which hot air circulated under the floor and between double walls
Word Origin
C17: from Latin hypocaustum, from Greek hupokauston room heated from below, from hupokaiein to light a fire beneath, from hypo- + kaiein to burn
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