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[kav-er-nuh s] /ˈkæv ər nəs/
being, resembling, or suggestive of a cavern:
a vast, cavernous room.
cavernous eyes.
hollow and deep-sounding:
a cavernous voice.
containing caverns.
full of small cavities; porous.
Origin of cavernous
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin cavernōsus. See cavern, -ous
Related forms
cavernously, adverb
intercavernous, adjective
uncavernous, adjective
uncavernously, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cavernous
  • The large, cavernous room in the rear serves as the setting for live entertainment.
  • The hotel has a rustic alpine interior design with exposed wooden walls and a large fireplace in the cavernous lobby.
  • cavernous sinus thrombosis is a blood clot in the cavernous sinus.
  • It offers fashion shows in its cavernous hangar bay.
  • Then they open their cavernous maws to let the currents sweep food straight in.
  • Sure there were cavernous showrooms, hordes of gadget-lusting revelers and rampant consumerism.
  • The factory managers say the planes' cavernous holds are empty when they land.
  • They are both wearing masks: hers has cavernous eyeholes and a protuberant nose, while his has a long, sad nose.
  • Our cavernous helicopter had lost one of its ceiling panels.
  • Piles of studies fill the cavernous gap between the have and have-nots in this country.
British Dictionary definitions for cavernous


suggestive of a cavern in vastness, darkness, etc: cavernous hungry eyes
filled with small cavities; porous
(of rocks) containing caverns or cavities
Derived Forms
cavernously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cavernous

c.1400, "full of caverns," from Latin cavernosus "full of cavities" (source also of Italian cavernoso, French caverneux), from caverna (see cavern). Meaning "hollow" is recorded from 1830.

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cavernous in Medicine

cavernous cav·ern·ous (kāv'ər-nəs)
Filled with cavities or hollow areas; porous.

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