sweathouse


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sweathouse, sweat lodge

1. A structure used for sweating of tobacco.
2. An American Indian structure heated by steam produced by pouring water on hot stones, and used for therapeutic sweating or ritual.
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Breathless, sweat rolling down sleek, blue-veined arms, eyes wide, he focused on nothing and saw everything, like a young Indian brave emerging from the ritual sweathouse, the visions vivid.
Decades later, Kroeber learned stories that Captain Spott told Robert during long sessions in the family sweathouse.
An outdoor village features two traditional pithouses, a tule or bulrush mat tipi, and a sweathouse set in a natural desert surrounding.