Flung their smoke into the laquearia
Stirring the pattern on the coffered ceiling

from T.S. Eliot – The Waste Land on Rap Genius


To explain this word Eliot refers to a line in Aeneid, translated:

Blazing torches hang from the gold-panelled ceiling (laquearibus aureis), and torches conquer the night with flames.

(Virgil is describing the banquet given by Dido, queen of Carthage, for Aeneas, with whom she fell in love.)

The fumes go to the “laquearia,” or coffered (paneled) ceiling.

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