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crypt

[kript] /krɪpt/
noun
1.
a subterranean chamber or vault, especially one beneath the main floor of a church, used as a burial place, a location for secret meetings, etc.
2.
Anatomy. a slender pit or recess; a small glandular cavity.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425 for sense “grotto”; 1555-65 for current senses; late Middle English cripte < Latin crypta < Greek kryptḗ hidden place, noun use of feminine of kryptós hidden, verbid of krýptein to hide; replacing earlier crypta < Latin, as above
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undercrypt, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for undercrypt

crypt

/krɪpt/
noun
1.
a cellar, vault, or underground chamber, esp beneath a church, where it is often used as a chapel, burial place, etc
2.
(anatomy) any pitlike recess or depression
Derived Forms
cryptal, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin crypta, from Greek kruptē vault, secret place, from kruptos hidden, from kruptein to hide
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Word Origin and History for undercrypt

crypt

n.

early 15c., "grotto, cavern," from Latin crypta "vault, cavern," from Greek krypte (short for krypte kamara "hidden vault"), fem. of kryptos "hidden," verbal adjective from kryptein "to hide," from PIE *krau- "to conceal, hide" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kryjo, kryti "to hide"). Meaning "underground burial vault or chapel in a church" first attested 1789.

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undercrypt in Medicine

crypt (krĭpt)
n.
A small pit, recess, or glandular cavity in the body.

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