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[vuh-lair-ee-uh m] /vəˈlɛər i əm/
noun, plural velaria
[vuh-lair-ee-uh] /vəˈlɛər i ə/ (Show IPA).
Roman Antiquity
an awning drawn over a theater or amphitheater as a protection from rain or the sun.
Origin of velarium
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 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for velarium


noun (pl) -laria (-ˈlɛərɪə)
an awning used to protect the audience in ancient Roman theatres and amphitheatres
Word Origin
C19: from Latin, from vēlāre to cover
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