- a cavelike temple, tomb, or the like, cut in rock.
Origin of speos
First recorded in 1835–45, speos is from the Greek word spéos cave
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Examples from the Web for speos
There are two temples at Ipsambul—one much larger than the other; but each has a speos, or cavern, hewn out of the solid rock.Stanley in Africa
James P. Boyd
The example shown in Fig. 69 is taken from the speos of Hathor at Ipsamboul.
On a column in the speos of Kalabché we find the band of hieroglyphs repeated upon four faces (Fig. 89).
- (esp in ancient Egypt) a temple or tomb cut into a rock face
C19: Greek, literally: a cave, grotto