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[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)
Ancient Architecture. the underground part of a building, as a vault.
an underground burial chamber.
Origin of hypogeum
1700-10; < Latin hypogēum < Greek hypógeion underground chamber (neuter of hypógeios underground), equivalent to hypo- hypo- + earth + -ion neuter adj. suffix Unabridged
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  • Violate the tombs, if she has taken refuge in the abodes of death, far within some passage or hypogeum.

  • In two of the largest chambers in the hypogeum the roof and walls are still decorated with designs in red paint.

  • Verily you would think that the painter of these figures of the shades had only just quitted the hypogeum.

  • We shall call attention, however, to a hypogeum at Gizeh, which is numbered 81 in Lepsius's map of that tomb-field.

  • Here and there were separate monuments, and in the centre was the entrance to the hypogeum itself, or crypt.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • That moment an old man, wearing a hooded mantle but with a bare head, issued from the hypogeum.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • It is in this room that the remarkable nature of the work in the hypogeum is most apparent.

British Dictionary definitions for hypogeum


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