[hahy-puh-jee-uh m, hip-uh-]

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.

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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Historical Examples of hypogeum

  • In two of the largest chambers in the hypogeum the roof and walls are still decorated with designs in red paint.

  • We shall call attention, however, to a hypogeum at Gizeh, which is numbered 81 in Lepsius's map of that tomb-field.

  • Verily you would think that the painter of these figures of the shades had only just quitted the hypogeum.

  • That moment an old man, wearing a hooded mantle but with a bare head, issued from the hypogeum.

    Quo Vadis

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

  • Here and there were separate monuments, and in the centre was the entrance to the hypogeum itself, or crypt.

    Quo Vadis

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

British Dictionary definitions for hypogeum


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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