Hypogeum meaning

hīpə-jēəm
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A subterranean chamber of an ancient building.
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An ancient subterranean burial chamber, such as a catacomb.
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An underground cellar, vault, tomb, etc.
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An underground room or cavern (also used figuratively).
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Origin of hypogeum

  • Latin hypogēum from Greek hupogeion from neuter of hupogeios underground hypogeal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin hypogaeum, from Ancient Greek ὑπόγειον (hupogeion), a noun use of the neuter singular of ὑπόγειος (hupogeios, “underground”).

    From Wiktionary