Meaning of impluvium in English:


Pronunciation /ɪmˈpluːvɪəm/

nounplural noun impluvia/ɪmˈpluːvɪə/

  • The square basin in the centre of the atrium of an ancient Roman house, which received rainwater from an opening in the roof.

    ‘North of the impluvium you see an elaborate cantibulum resting between the two northern-most columns.’
    • ‘The ancient Romans used the water collected in the impluvium to supplement their aqueduct system.’
    • ‘The eroded surfaces are now masked as damp woods which have invaded impluvia, gorges and escarpments.’
    • ‘Further to the impluvium there was an underground tank connected to it which could catch any excess rainwater.’
    • ‘A wellhead next to the impluvium provided access to the water stored in the cistern.’


Latin, from impluere ‘rain into’.