- tesselated: checkered , in a pattern like mosaic
offensive to the smell.
noxious; pestilential; poisonous.
- hypocausts: an ancient Roman central heating system with underground furnace and tile flues to distribute the heat
Unfortunately I did not write down the page these words were on so I can't use it in the original sentence. The brief scenario is that Lucia was having some work done in her garden and found pottery shards that convinced her she was living on top of a Roman acquaduct. Hilarity ensues as she alerts the media but it turns out to be just some old pottery from around the 1850's.