undercroft

undercroft

[uhn-der-krawft, -kroft]
noun
a vault or chamber under the ground, especially in a church.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see under, croft

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undercroft (ˈʌndəˌkrɒft)
 
n
an underground chamber, such as a church crypt, often with a vaulted ceiling
 
[C14: from croft a vault, cavern, from earlier crofte, ultimately from Latin cryptacrypt]

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