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souterrain

[soo-tuh-reyn, soo-tuh-reyn] /ˌsu təˈreɪn, ˈsu təˌreɪn/
noun, Chiefly Archaeology.
1.
a subterranean passage or structure; grotto.
Origin of souterrain
1725-1735
1725-35; < French: literally, underground, calque of Latin subterrāneus; see sous-sous, terrain
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  • In many cases we do find the entrance to a souterrain is in a fort.

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
  • It is a souterrain situated in Glenshesk, about three miles from Ballycastle.

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
  • It is a small fort, and on the top we saw the narrow entrance to the souterrain.

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
  • My best thanks are also due to Mrs. Hobson for allowing me to make use of her photograph of the entrance to this souterrain.

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
  • She describes it as "a souterrain containing six chambers, with a length of eighty-seven feet exclusive of a flooded chamber."

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
  • In 1317 every man dwelling in an ooan, or caher's souterrain, was summoned to join the army of Domched O'Brian.

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
  • Londonderry, the owner opened a trapdoor in his yard, and allowed me to look down into a souterrain.

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
  • On the other hand, there appears to be no objection to growing crops on the top of a souterrain.

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
  • No mortar has been used in its construction, and I should say it is an old souterrain, or part of a souterrain.

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
British Dictionary definitions for souterrain

souterrain

/ˈsuːtəˌreɪn/
noun
1.
(archaeol) an underground chamber or passage
Word Origin
C18: from French
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