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catacomb

[ kat-uh-kohm ]
/ ˈkæt əˌkoʊm /
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Definition of catacomb

noun
Usually catacombs. an underground cemetery, especially one consisting of tunnels and rooms with recesses dug out for coffins and tombs.
the Catacombs, the subterranean burial chambers of the early Christians in and near Rome, Italy.
an underground passageway, especially one full of twists and turns.
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Origin of catacomb

First recorded before 900; Middle English catacombe, Old English catacumbe, from Late Latin catacumbās (accusative plural); of disputed origin; perhaps from unattested Greek katakýmbās, equivalent to kata- + kýmbās, accusative plural of kýmbē “hollow, cup”; see origin at cata-

OTHER WORDS FROM catacomb

cat·a·cum·bal [kat-uh-kuhm-buhl], /ˌkæt əˈkʌm bəl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for catacomb

catacomb
/ (ˈkætəˌkəʊm, -ˌkuːm) /

noun
(usually plural) an underground burial place, esp the galleries at Rome, consisting of tunnels with vaults or niches leading off them for tombs
a series of interconnected underground tunnels or caves

Word Origin for catacomb

Old English catacumbe, from Late Latin catacumbas (singular), name of the cemetery under the Basilica of St Sebastian, near Rome; origin unknown
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