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spelunk

[spi-luhngk] /spɪˈlʌŋk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to explore caves, especially as a hobby.
Origin of spelunk
back formation from spelunker, spelunking
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Word Origin and History for spelunked

spelunk

n.

"cave, cavern," c.1300, from Old French spelonque or directly from Latin spelunca "a cave, cavern, grotto," from Greek spelynx (genitive spelyngos). An adjective, speluncar "of a cave" is recorded from 1855.

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