[hahy-puh-kawst, hip-uh-] /ˈhaɪ pəˌkɔst, ˈhɪp ə-/

a hollow space or system of channels in the floor or walls of some ancient Roman buildings that provided a central heating system by receiving and distributing the heat from a furnace.
an ancient Roman heating system in which hot air circulated under the floor and between double walls


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