[ spi-lee-uh n ]
/ spɪˈli ən /
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
Words nearby spelaean
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British Dictionary definitions for spelaean
/ (spɪˈliːən) /
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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