velaria

velarium

[vuh-lair-ee-uhm]
noun, plural velaria [vuh-lair-ee-uh] . Roman Antiquity.
an awning drawn over a theater or amphitheater as a protection from rain or the sun.

Origin:
1825–35; < Latin vēlārium (a word known only from a passage in Juvenal; the intended sense may be “curtain” rather than “awning”); see velum, -ary

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velarium (vɪˈlɛərɪəm)
 
n , pl -laria
an awning used to protect the audience in ancient Roman theatres and amphitheatres
 
[C19: from Latin, from vēlāre to cover]

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