from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In chem., a vessel filled with water or sand, in which another vessel is placed to be heated; a bath. See bath, 8.


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  • The bath wherein the vessels are placed in Fig.IX. was called by the alchemists balneum Mariae, from Mary the Jewess, who is mentioned in the older alchemical writings, and is supposed to have invented an apparatus of this character.

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  • Venae oculorum sunt rubrae, vide an praecesserit vini et aromatum usus, et frequens balneum, Trallian. lib.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • His ordinary engine by which he produceth this effect, is the melancholy humour itself, which is balneum diaboli, the devil's bath; and as in Saul, those evil spirits get in [6696] as it were, and take possession of us.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • It seemed also good to me to go and bathe, having heard that the bath had its name (balneum) from the Greek Balaneion for that it drives sadness from the mind.

    The Confessions

  • One door had led to Hyacinth's balneum, Silk reminded himself, another to her bedchamber.

    Exodus From The Long Sun

  • He produced shiny scissors exactly like those Silk had found in Hyacinth's balneum.

    Nightside The Long Sun

  • The balneum was larger than he had anticipated, with a jade tub more than big enough for the naked goddess at the head of the staircase and a separate water closet.

    Nightside The Long Sun

  • Prior to entering the balneum, you inquired about weapons, sir, and places of concealment.

    Nightside The Long Sun

  • He glimpsed the balneum through the door she opened.

    Nightside The Long Sun

  • She emerged from the balneum, naked still, holding out a gold cup scarcely larger than a thimble, half filled with brick-colored powder.

    Nightside The Long Sun


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