Rere-dorter


Rere-dorter
Lit. 'rear of the dormitory'. A latrine accessible from the *dorter. It was sometimes referred to also as the necessarium, lit. 'the necessary'. All monasteries were founded close by running water. The rere-dorter was built where it would be constantly flushed by that water. -

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  • Dormant — Her. Term used of the figure of an animal lying with head on paws. Dormitorii necessaria. See Rere dorter. See Dorter …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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  • rear-arch — rearˈ arch, rearˈ dorse, rearˈ dos, rearˈ dorter see under ↑rere • • • Main Entry: ↑rear rereˈ arch or rearˈ arch noun An arch supporting the inner part of a wall s thickness, as in a splayed window • • • Main Entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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