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In early language the name for a bath or washing-place, corrupted from lavatrina (Varr. L. L. ix. 68; Lucil. ap. Non. s. v. p. 212); but subsequently also used to designate a water-closet in a private house (Columell. x. 85; Suet. Tib. 58; Ov. Met. i. p. 13), several of which are still to be seen at Pompeii; and all, like that shown in the article Domus, p. 546, contiguous to the kitchens. The two small arches on the right are the kitchen stove; four steps lead down to the room, and had a hand-rail by their side to assist the ascent or descent, the mark of which remains against the wall. The recess on the left is the latrina, originally closed by a wooden door, which has left the marks of its hinges and bolt on the edge of the door frame; and the mouth of the pipe through which the place was supplied with water is observable in the right-hand corner. See Foricae.

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