troglodyte

[trog-luh-dahyt]
noun
1.
a prehistoric cave dweller.
2.
a person of degraded, primitive, or brutal character.
3.
a person living in seclusion.
4.
a person unacquainted with affairs of the world.
5.
an animal living underground.

Origin:
1545–55; < Latin trōglodyta < Greek trōglodýtēs one who creeps into holes, cave dweller, equivalent to trōglo- (combining form of trṓglē a gnawed hole; cf. trogon) + (ein) to creep into + -tēs agent suffix

troglodytic [trog-luh-dit-ik] , troglodytical, adjective
troglodytism [trog-luh-dahy-tiz-uhm] , noun
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troglodyte (ˈtrɒɡləˌdaɪt)
 
n
1.  a cave dweller, esp one of the prehistoric peoples thought to have lived in caves
2.  informal a person who lives alone and appears eccentric
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek trōglodutēs one who enters caves, from trōglē hole + duein to enter]
 
troglodytic
 
adj
 
troglo'dytical
 
adj

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troglodyte
"cave-dweller," 1555, from L. troglodytae (plural), from Gk. troglodytes "cave-dweller," lit. "one who creeps into holes," from trogle "hole" (from trogein "to gnaw;" see trout) + dyein "go in, dive in." Slang shortening trog "obnoxious person, boor" is recorded from 1956.
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It was a troglodytic pregnancy in the semidarkness of a locked and shuttered house.
Even some of the troglodytic hamlets of the rocky interior sport satellite dishes.
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