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spelunk

[spi-luhngk] /spɪˈlʌŋk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to explore caves, especially as a hobby.
Origin
back formation from spelunker, spelunking

spelunker

[spi-luhng-ker] /spɪˈlʌŋ kər/
noun
1.
a person who explores caves, especially as a hobby.
Origin
1940-45; < Latin spēlunc(a) cave (≪ Greek spêlynx, stem spēlyng-, akin to spḗlaion; cf. spelaean) + -er1
Related forms
spelunking, noun
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Examples from the web for spelunking
  • Well, he didn't have the energy to go spelunking tonight.
  • There are several caverns for spelunking in the hills.
  • Take advantage of this well-kept secret by practicing your spelunking there sooner rather than later.
  • Some of the past trips have included spelunking, white water rafting, horseback riding and hot-air balloon riding.
  • More advanced cavers can try rappelling and spelunking.
  • spelunking and caving, along with backpacking into remote areas to camp, are popular activities within the region.
  • With spelunking becoming an ever increasing popular sport, bats are moving from these areas to mines to avoid disturbance.
  • spelunking, the sport of cave exploring, is a popular hobby.
  • Go spelunking with a partner, and make sure you have proper working equipment.
  • For ecotourism enthusiasts, spelunking and trekking are possible activities that may put travelers at higher risk for exposure.
British Dictionary definitions for spelunking

spelunker

/spɪˈlʌŋkə/
noun
1.
a person whose hobby is the exploration and study of caves
Derived Forms
spelunking, noun
Word Origin
C20: from Latin spēlunca, from Greek spēlunx a cave
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Word Origin and History for spelunking

spelunker

n.

"a cave bug; one who explores caves as a hobby," 1942, agent noun formed from obsolete spelunk "cave, cavern."

spelunk

n.

"cave, cavern," c.1300, from Old French spelonque or directly from Latin spelunca "a cave, cavern, grotto," from Greek spelynx (genitive spelyngos). An adjective, speluncar "of a cave" is recorded from 1855.

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