So thick was this door, so impenetrable, that its closing was succeeded by the stillness of vault or catacomb.
The plan of the catacomb of S. Priscilla is a good illustration of this.
Adelaide inquired eagerly, for this was the night of the catacomb party.
The only marvel is, how he comes to be hiding himself in the catacomb.
This catacomb has been often rifled, and the galleries are strewn with marble fragments of its monuments.
He entered the catacomb June 7, 1831, and obtained eleven mummies.
And now this mysterious discovery of Quintus Claudius in the catacomb with the Nazarenes!
A striking example of this occurs in the catacomb of Callixtus.
The burial-chapels of the fourth century commonly found over a catacomb probably replace earlier tombs.
They occur in a gallery of the catacomb, not far from the Appian Way.
usually catacombs, from Old English catacumbas, from Late Latin (400 C.E.) catacumbae (plural), originally the region of underground tombs between the 2nd and 3rd milestones of the Appian Way (where the bodies of apostles Paul and Peter, among others, were said to have been laid), origin obscure, perhaps once a proper name, or dissimilation from Latin cata tumbas "at the graves," from cata- "among" + tumbas. accusative plural of tumba "tomb" (see tomb).
If so, the word perhaps was altered by influence of Latin -cumbere "to lie." From the same source are French catacombe, Italian catacomba, Spanish catacumba. Extended by 1836 in English to any subterranean receptacle of the dead (as in Paris). Related: Catacumbal.