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cavern

[kav-ern] /ˈkæv ərn/
noun
1.
a cave, especially one that is large and mostly underground.
2.
Pathology. a cavity that is produced by disease, especially one produced in the lungs by tuberculosis.
verb (used with object)
3.
to enclose in or as if in a cavern.
4.
to hollow out to form a cavern.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English caverne < Latin caverna, equivalent to cav(us) hollow + -erna, as in cisterna cistern
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  • Shortly after he was attacked by the gorgers inhabiting the caverns, his blood was fresh.
  • The undersea crossover caverns were a complex engineering problem.
  • To move the of rock that was excavated from the underground caverns, it required .
British Dictionary definitions for caverns

cavern

/ˈkævən/
noun
1.
a cave, esp when large and formed by underground water, or a large chamber in a cave
verb (transitive)
2.
to shut in or as if in a cavern
3.
to hollow out
Word Origin
C14: from Old French caverne, from Latin caverna, from cavus hollow; see cave1
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Word Origin and History for caverns

cavern

n.

late 14c., from Old French caverne (12c.) "cave, vault, cellar," from Late Latin caverna "cave," from Latin cavus "hollow" (see cave (n.)). In Old English such a land feature might be called an eorðscræf.

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caverns in Science
cavern
  (kāv'ərn)   
A large cave.
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