[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 hypogeum
In two of the largest chambers in the hypogeum the roof and walls are still decorated with designs in red paint.Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders
T. Eric Peet
We shall call attention, however, to a hypogeum at Gizeh, which is numbered 81 in Lepsius's map of that tomb-field.A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2)
Verily you would think that the painter of these figures of the shades had only just quitted the hypogeum.Egypt (La Mort De Philae)
That moment an old man, wearing a hooded mantle but with a bare head, issued from the hypogeum.
Here and there were separate monuments, and in the centre was the entrance to the hypogeum itself, or crypt.
- an underground vault, esp one used for burials
C18: from Latin, from Greek hupogeion; see hypogeal