hypogeum

[ hahy-puh-jee-uh m, hip-uh- ]
/ ˌhaɪ pəˈdʒi əm, ˌhɪp ə- /
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noun, plural hy·po·ge·a [hahy-puh-jee-uh, hip-uh-] /ˌhaɪ pəˈdʒi ə, ˌhɪp ə-/.

Ancient Architecture. the underground part of a building, as a vault.
an underground burial chamber.

Nearby words

  1. hypogenetic,
  2. hypogenic,
  3. hypogenitalism,
  4. hypogenous,
  5. hypogeous,
  6. hypogeusia,
  7. hypoglossal,
  8. hypoglossal canal,
  9. hypoglossal nerve,
  10. hypoglossal nucleus

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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hypogeum

/ (ˌhaɪpəˈdʒiːəm) /

noun plural -gea (-ˈdʒiːə)

an underground vault, esp one used for burials

Word Origin for hypogeum

C18: from Latin, from Greek hupogeion; see hypogeal

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