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hypogeum

[hahy-puh-jee-uh m, hip-uh-] /ˌhaɪ pəˈdʒi əm, ˌhɪp ə-/
noun, plural hypogea
[hahy-puh-jee-uh, hip-uh-] /ˌhaɪ pəˈdʒi ə, ˌhɪp ə-/ (Show IPA)
1.
Ancient Architecture. the underground part of a building, as a vault.
2.
an underground burial chamber.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Latin hypogēum < Greek hypógeion underground chamber (neuter of hypógeios underground), equivalent to hypo- hypo- + earth + -ion neuter adj. suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for hypo-geum

hypogeum

/ˌhaɪpəˈdʒiːəm/
noun (pl) -gea (-ˈdʒiːə)
1.
an underground vault, esp one used for burials
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, from Greek hupogeion; see hypogeal
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