[ spi-luhngk ]
/ spɪˈlʌŋk /

verb (used without object)

to explore caves, especially as a hobby.

Nearby words

  1. spelling reform,
  2. spellman,
  3. spellman, francis joseph,
  4. spelt,
  5. spelter,
  6. spelunker,
  7. spelunking,
  8. spemann,
  9. spemann, hans,
  10. spence

Origin of spelunk

back formation from spelunker, spelunking

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Word Origin and History for spelunked



"cave, cavern," c.1300, from Old French spelonque or directly from Latin spelunca "a cave, cavern, grotto," from Greek spelynx (genitive spelyngos). An adjective, speluncar "of a cave" is recorded from 1855.

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