[hahy-puh-jee-uh m, hip-uh-]
- Ancient Architecture. the underground part of a building, as a vault.
- an underground burial chamber.
Origin of hypogeum
1700–10; < Latin hypogēum < Greek hypógeion underground chamber (neuter of hypógeios underground), equivalent to hypo- hypo- + gê earth + -ion neuter adj. suffix
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Examples from the Web for hypogea
- an underground vault, esp one used for burials
C18: from Latin, from Greek hupogeion; see hypogeal
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