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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.
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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

  • In two of the largest chambers in the hypogeum the roof and walls are still decorated with designs in red paint.

    Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders

    T. Eric Peet

  • We shall call attention, however, to a hypogeum at Gizeh, which is numbered 81 in Lepsius's map of that tomb-field.

  • Verily you would think that the painter of these figures of the shades had only just quitted the hypogeum.

  • That moment an old man, wearing a hooded mantle but with a bare head, issued from the hypogeum.

    Quo Vadis

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

  • Here and there were separate monuments, and in the centre was the entrance to the hypogeum itself, or crypt.

    Quo Vadis

    Henryk Sienkiewicz


British Dictionary definitions for hypogeum

hypogeum

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

C18: from Latin, from Greek hupogeion; see hypogeal
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