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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Definitions for hypogeum

  1. an underground burial chamber.
  2. Ancient Architecture. the underground part of a building, as a vault.

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Citations for hypogeum
All these royal personages are successively named in the inscriptions of the hypogeum, and thus form a supplement, and a valuable confirmation, of the table of Abydos. Sylvanus Urban, "Champollion’s Egyptian Expedition," The Gentleman's Magazine, Vol. 146, 1829
It was then that the prehistoric temples were unearthed, the most impressive of them being the Hypogeum, carved below ground from solid rock. Charles Grech-Orr, "Malta Digs into Its Past," New York Times, February 26, 1961
Origin of hypogeum
1700-1710
Hypogeum comes from the Greek word hypógeion meaning “underground chamber.” It entered English in the early 1700s.