cavernous

[ kav-er-nuh s ]
/ ˈkæv ər nəs /

adjective

being, resembling, or suggestive of a cavern: a vast, cavernous room.
deep-set: cavernous eyes.
hollow and deep-sounding: a cavernous voice.
containing caverns.
full of small cavities; porous.

Origin of cavernous

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word cavernōsus. See cavern, -ous
Related formscav·ern·ous·ly, adverbin·ter·cav·ern·ous, adjectiveun·cav·ern·ous, adjectiveun·cav·ern·ous·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cavernous

cavernous

/ (ˈkævənəs) /

adjective

suggestive of a cavern in vastness, darkness, etccavernous hungry eyes
filled with small cavities; porous
(of rocks) containing caverns or cavities
Derived Formscavernously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cavernous

cavernous


adj.

c.1400, "full of caverns," from Latin cavernosus "full of cavities" (source also of Italian cavernoso, French caverneux), from caverna (see cavern). Meaning "hollow" is recorded from 1830.

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Medicine definitions for cavernous

cavernous

[ kăvər-nəs ]

adj.

Filled with cavities or hollow areas; porous.
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