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nymphaeum

[nim-fee-uh m] /nɪmˈfi əm/
noun, plural nymphaea
[nim-fee-uh] /nɪmˈfi ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a room or area having a fountain, statues, flowers, etc.
2.
an architecturally treated outlet of a reservoir or aqueduct.
Origin of nymphaeum
1760-1770
1760-70; < Latin < Greek nymphaîon place sacred to nymphs, noun use of neuter of nymphaîos, equivalent to nýmph(ē) nymph + -aios adj. suffix
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