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subterranean

[suhb-tuh-rey-nee-uh n] /ˌsʌb təˈreɪ ni ən/
adjective, Also, subterraneous
1.
existing, situated, or operating below the surface of the earth; underground.
2.
existing or operating out of sight or secretly; hidden or secret.
noun
3.
a person or thing that is subterranean.
4.
a subterrane.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin subterrāne(us) (see subterrane) + -an
Related forms
subterraneanly, subterraneously, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for subterraneous

subterranean

/ˌsʌbtəˈreɪnɪən/
adjective
1.
Also subterraneous, subterrestrial. situated, living, or operating below the surface of the earth
2.
existing or operating in concealment
Derived Forms
subterraneanly, subterraneously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin subterrāneus, from sub- + terra earth
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Word Origin and History for subterraneous

subterranean

adj.

c.1600, from Latin subterraneus "underground," from sub "under" (see sub-) + terra "earth" (see terrain).

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