hypogeum definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. hypogea
an underground cellar, vault, tomb, etc.
Origin: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek hypogaios: see hypogeal
hypogeum definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. hy·po·ge·a
- A subterranean chamber of an ancient building.
- An ancient subterranean burial chamber, such as a catacomb.
Origin: Latin hypogēum, from Greek hupogeion, from neuter of hupogeios, underground; see hypogeal.