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hypogeum

[hahy-puh-jee-uh m, hip-uh-]
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noun, plural hy·po·ge·a [hahy-puh-jee-uh, hip-uh-] /ˌhaɪ pəˈdʒi ə, ˌhɪp ə-/.
  1. Ancient Architecture. the underground part of a building, as a vault.
  2. an underground burial chamber.

Origin of hypogeum

1700–10; < Latin hypogēum < Greek hypógeion underground chamber (neuter of hypógeios underground), equivalent to hypo- hypo- + earth + -ion neuter adj. suffix
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Historical Examples

  • But in the hypogea the difficulties were frequently great, and yet they were always surmounted.

    A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2)

    Georges Perrot

  • One divines instinctively and at once the catacombs, the hypogea and the mummies that lie beneath!


British Dictionary definitions for hypogea

hypogeum

noun plural -gea (-ˈdʒiːə)
  1. an underground vault, esp one used for burials

Word Origin

C18: from Latin, from Greek hupogeion; see hypogeal
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