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p921 Piscina

Article by Philip Smith, B.A., of the University of London
on p921 of

William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

PISCI′NA, properly a fish-pond, either of salt-water or of fresh (see the passages in Forcellini and Freund) denotes also any kind of reservoir, especially those connected with the aqueducts and the baths (Aquaeductus, p114A; Balneae, p189B, 191a.)

Thayer's Note:

The meanings of the word piscina have continued to fan out over the centuries. For example, from using the word to signify a pool in the baths, many modern Romance languages took the further small step to having it or its derivatives mean a swimming pool. More to the point here, two Christian uses of the Latin term should be noted:

Both these meanings are covered in a brief article in the Catholic Encyclopedia.

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