trapdoor

or trap door

[ trap-dawr, -dohr ]
/ ˈtræpˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr /

noun

a door flush with the surface of a floor, ceiling, or roof.
the opening that it covers.

adjective

of, relating to, or like a trapdoor.

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Origin of trapdoor

First recorded in 1325–75, trapdoor is from Middle English trappe dore. See trap1, door
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British Dictionary definitions for trapdoor

trap door

noun

a door or flap flush with and covering an opening, esp in a ceiling
the opening so covered
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