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cavernous

[kav-er-nuh s] /ˈkæv ər nəs/
adjective
1.
being, resembling, or suggestive of a cavern:
a vast, cavernous room.
2.
deep-set:
cavernous eyes.
3.
hollow and deep-sounding:
a cavernous voice.
4.
containing caverns.
5.
full of small cavities; porous.
Origin of cavernous
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin cavernōsus. See cavern, -ous
Related forms
cavernously, adverb
intercavernous, adjective
uncavernous, adjective
uncavernously, adverb
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  • Through several grated apertures the sunlight streamed with strong effect, and a soft breeze swept around the cavernous apartment.

  • But he inquired in a cavernous, strange tone: “Was he asleep?”

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • While the most common situation is in the subcutaneous tissue, a cavernous angioma is sometimes met with in internal organs.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • I followed, not into the moonlit night, but through a cavernous opening into darkness.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • With their cavernous depths, they were quite an object lesson in early Virginia hospitality.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
British Dictionary definitions for cavernous

cavernous

/ˈkævənəs/
adjective
1.
suggestive of a cavern in vastness, darkness, etc: cavernous hungry eyes
2.
filled with small cavities; porous
3.
(of rocks) containing caverns or cavities
Derived Forms
cavernously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cavernous
adj.

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)
adj.
Filled with cavities or hollow areas; porous.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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