Longaigne

A latrine in a castle or keep, usually opening directly into a ditch below. However, being always open to the outside, they were a weak point of defence during a siege, through which entrance could be and was made. Straw, known as *torche-cul, was used as we use toilet paper. -

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  • Easement room — [chamber of easement] A privy or latrine. Euphemisms are perennial: today an American equivalent of easement room is comfort station . Cf. Longaigne; Stool room …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Gomphus — A curved stick supplied in the *longaigne and used as we use toilet paper; an alternative to the *torche cul also supplied in a basket …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Gomph stick — A curved stick supplied in the *longaigne and used as we use toilet paper; an alternative to the *torche cul also supplied in a basket …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Gong-hus — Lit. going house . An outhouse, latrine. Cf. Longaigne …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 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… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Stool-room — The king s lavatory within the confines of the privy chamber. [< OldEngl. stol = stool, chair] Cf. Stool, groom of the; Easement room; Longaigne …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Torche-cul — Straw for use in a latrine. The phrase can be read in two ways, offering a nice colloquial play on words. Torche can mean either a torch for the giving of light for which straw could be used, or as a noun meaning wipe . Thus torche cul means… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • latrines — [ latrin ] n. f. pl. • 1437; lat. latrina, de lavatrina « lavabo » ♦ Lieux d aisances sommaires dépourvus de toute installation sanitaire. ⇒ cabinet, fosse (d aisances). « la suffocante odeur de latrines » (Cl. Simon). Latrines militaires. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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