from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The cooling room of the Roman thermæ, furnished with a cold bath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ancient architecture, the cooling-apartment in a bath, in or adjoining which the cold bath was placed.


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  • They also found a "frigidarium" - a cold pool that was part of the baths built into the exclusive complex located just by the Forum constructed by Emperor Trajan. - News

  • Sister Hyacinthe had just gone into the house, and like an illumination the thought darted through Barbara's mind that the road could be seen from the little summer house which the reverend owner of the castle called his "frigidarium," because it was cool even during the warmest summer day.

    Barbara Blomberg — Volume 07

  • It seems to fit well with a town location, especially if the frigidarium had been pressed into service as a church.

    Wroxeter: the sixth-century rebuilding

  • Another, somewhat smaller building platform Building 11 was laid between the big building and the west wall of the baths basilica, and another was laid at the east end of the former baths basilica interior, more or less opposite the frigidarium.

    Wroxeter: the sixth-century rebuilding

  • Gabriele - something similar also happened in Leicester, where St Nicholas' church is on the site of the frigidarium of the Roman baths complex.

    Wroxeter: the sixth-century rebuilding

  • Several Roman buildings in Trier survived because they had been used as churches, so it's not impossible the Wroxeter frigidarium was used the same way.

    Wroxeter: the sixth-century rebuilding

  • Given that some of the frigidarium walls are still standing to this day known as the ‘Old Work’, they must still have been standing at the time of the rebuilding, and the frigidarium may well still have been intact and roofed.

    Wroxeter: the sixth-century rebuilding

  • It is also worth noting that the cold room frigidarium of the baths complex stood immediately behind the basilica south wall to the east of the doorway.

    Wroxeter: the sixth-century rebuilding

  • White and Barker suggest that the frigidarium of the baths complex, which was diagonally opposite the grand front entrance of the new Building 10, may have been in use as a church p.

    Wroxeter: the sixth-century rebuilding

  • Page 161: Portrait bust of Plotina from the frigidarium of the Baths of Neptune at Ostia, AD 100–110.

    Caesars’ Wives


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  • Old term once applied in botanical gardens in colder climates for glass houses such as the orangery or termperate house where no heating was provided and only the simple exclusion of frost was effected.

    February 17, 2011