[ spi-luhngk ]
/ spɪˈlʌŋk /
verb (used without object)
to explore caves, especially as a hobby.
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Origin of spelunk
back formation from spelunker, spelunking
Words nearby spelunk
Definition for spelunking (2 of 2)
[ spi-luhng-ker ]
/ spɪˈlʌŋ kər /
a person who explores caves, especially as a hobby.
Origin of spelunker
OTHER WORDS FROM spelunkerspe·lunk·ing, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for spelunking
/ (spɪˈlʌŋkə) /
a person whose hobby is the exploration and study of caves
Derived forms of spelunkerspelunking, noun
Word Origin for spelunker
C20: from Latin spēlunca, from Greek spēlunx a cave
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