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cave dweller

a person whose home is a cave.
a prehistoric person who lived in caves.
Facetious. a person who lives in an apartment building or the like in a large city.
Origin of cave dweller
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • An outline of a cave-bear or a mammoth was perhaps the cave-dweller's way of telling his fellows what monsters he had slain.

  • It was my wish to stay there and see the cave-dweller and find out what kind of a man he was.

  • You can trace clearly the cave-dweller, the hunter, the scout.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • This was more than they had expected when they visited the home of the cave-dweller.

  • The cave-dweller had something in common with the kingfisher, which led him to burrow in the earth for a home.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • But the cave-dweller of to-day shows no suggestion of such skill.

  • The light produced was very uncertain and feeble, but possibly sufficient for the needs of the cave-dweller.

    The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams
  • Equipped with a full set of tools both for hunting and fishing, the cave-dweller looked for new living quarters.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • Finally the names of his children Moab and Ammon are explained by an incident when he is a cave-dweller on a mountain.

  • Here, actually to-day, was a man who truly thought that he knew a thing or two more than the cave-dweller!

    Gray youth Oliver Onions

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