hypogeum

[hahy-puh-jee-uhm, hip-uh-]
noun, plural hypogea [hahy-puh-jee-uh, hip-uh-] .
1.
Ancient Architecture. the underground part of a building, as a vault.
2.
an underground burial chamber.

Origin:
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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hypogeum (ˌhaɪpəˈdʒiːəm)
 
n , pl -gea
an underground vault, esp one used for burials
 
[C18: from Latin, from Greek hupogeion; see hypogeal]

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Many hypogea are concealed beneath tumuli retained by walls others are cut into cliffs.
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