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[luh-kon-i-kuh m] /ləˈkɒn ɪ kəm/
noun, plural laconica
[luh-kon-i-kuh] /ləˈkɒn ɪ kə/ (Show IPA)
the sudatorium of an ancient Roman bath.
Origin of laconicum
1690-1700; < Latin lacōnicum sweating room, noun use of neuter of Lacōnicus Laconian (see laconic); the sweat bath was a Spartan custom Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We are, to all practical intents and purposes, in a Roman laconicum.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
  • At the end of the laconicum they enter flues, which I have shown as running side by side with the smoke flues.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
  • It is known that the temperature of the laconicum was regulated by drawing up or down a metallic plate or clypeus.

  • Owing to the expansion by heat, a relatively greater volume of air enters the laconicum than the cold intake.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
  • It had on one side the laconicum, containing the vase called labrum.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • Adjoining is the laconicum with a firebrick furnace, after the nature of that of which I have before given full detailed drawings.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
  • The perspiration is attained in the various hot rooms—the Tepidarium, Calidarium, and laconicum.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
  • A place is built like a laconicum, and nicely finished in marble, smoothly polished.

  • Doors led into the laconicum from both the tepidarium and the caldarium.

  • She listened for a short time to the voices and laughter which retreated in the direction of the laconicum.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz

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