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spelaean

or spe·le·an

[ spi-lee-uhn ]
/ spɪˈli ən /
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adjective
of, relating to, or inhabiting a cave or caves.
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Origin of spelaean

1830–40; <New Latin spēlae(us) (adj. derivative of Latin spēlaeum cave <Greek spḗlaion) + -an

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British Dictionary definitions for spelaean

spelaean

spelean

/ (spɪˈliːən) /

adjective
of, found in, or inhabiting cavesspelaean animals

Word Origin for spelaean

C19: via New Latin, from Latin spēlaeum a cave, from Greek spēlaion
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