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spelunker

[ spi-luhng-ker ]

noun

  1. a person who explores caves, especially as a hobby.


spelunker

/ spɪˈlʌŋkə /

noun

  1. a person whose hobby is the exploration and study of caves


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Derived Forms

  • speˈlunking, noun
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Other Words From

  • spe·lunking noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of spelunker1

1940–45; < Latin spēlunc ( a ) cave (≪ Greek spêlynx, stem spēlyng-, akin to spḗlaion; spelaean ) + -er 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of spelunker1

C20: from Latin spēlunca, from Greek spēlunx a cave
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Example Sentences

Located in eastern Iowa, the park is one of the state’s most popular attractions for experienced spelunkers and casual hikers alike.

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