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piscina

[pi-sahy-nuh, pi-see-] /pɪˈsaɪ nə, pɪˈsi-/
noun, plural piscinae
[pi-sahy-nee, pi-see-] /pɪˈsaɪ ni, pɪˈsi-/ (Show IPA).
Ecclesiastical
1.
a basin with a drain used for certain ablutions, now generally in the sacristy.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin, special use of Latin piscīna a fish pond, swimming pool, equivalent to pisc(is) fish + -īna, feminine of -īnus -ine1
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piscina

/pɪˈsiːnə/
noun (pl) -nae (-niː), -nas
1.
(RC Church) a stone basin, with a drain, in a church or sacristy where water used at Mass is poured away
Derived Forms
piscinal (ˈpɪsɪnəl) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: fish pond, from piscis a fish
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Encyclopedia Article for piscina

in Roman times, an artificial reservoir used for swimming or as a fish pond. During the Middle Ages a piscina was a pool or tank in which fish were stored by monastic communities, for whose members fish was a staple item of diet.

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