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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Definitions for spelunk

  1. to explore caves, especially as a hobby.

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Citations for spelunk
They were flown to Lebanon to ski the unlikely snow, sail the Mediterranean, spelunk the Jeita cave. Kim Barnes, In the Kingdom of Men. 2012
The pair of young German professors spelunking with their electric torches in the rafters of the Old-New Synagogue, or Altneuschul, had, as it happened, gone away disappointed; for the attic under the stair-stepped gables of the old Gothic synagogue was a cenotaph. Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, 2000
Origin of spelunk
Spelunk entered English in the 1300s from the Latin spelunca meaning "cave" or "cavern."