souterrain

[ soo-tuh-reyn, soo-tuh-reyn ]
/ ˌsu təˈreɪn, ˈsu təˌreɪn /

noun Chiefly Archaeology.

a subterranean passage or structure; grotto.

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Origin of souterrain

1725–35; < French: literally, underground, calque of Latin subterrāneus; see sous-sous, terrain
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souterrain
/ (ˈsuːtəˌreɪn) /

noun

archaeol an underground chamber or passage

Word Origin for souterrain

C18: from French
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