Origin of hypocaustClassical Latin hypocaustum from Classical Greek hypokauston from hypokaiein, to heat by applying fire below from hypo- (see hypo-) + kaiein, to burn
Origin of hypocaustLatin hypocaustum from Greek hupokauston from hupokaiein to light a fire beneath hupo- hypo- kaiein to burn
- An underfloor space or flue through which heat from a furnace passes to heat the floor of a room or a bath.
- An underfloor heating system, even without such an underfloor space or flue, as adapted for modern housing.
Latin hypocaustum, from Ancient Greek ὑπό (hupo, “underneath”) + καίειν (kaiein, “to light a fire, burn”)