In early language the name for a bath or washing-place, corrupted from lavatrina
(Varr. L. L.
ix. 68; Lucil. ap.
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
, 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