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undercroft

[uhn-der-krawft, -kroft] /ˈʌn dərˌkrɔft, -ˌkrɒft/
noun
1.
a vault or chamber under the ground, especially in a church.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see under, croft
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undercroft

/ˈʌndəˌkrɒft/
noun
1.
an underground chamber, such as a church crypt, often with a vaulted ceiling
Word Origin
C14: from croft a vault, cavern, from earlier crofte, ultimately from Latin cryptacrypt
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Word Origin and History for undercroft
n.

"crypt of a church; underground vault," late 14c., from under + croft.

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