catacomb

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The catacombs of Paris.

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French catacombe, from Italian catacomba, from late Latin catacumbas, Ancient Greek κατά (katá, under), Latin cumba (cavity).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkatəˌkəʊm/ (less commonly) IPA(key): /ˈkatəkuːm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkætakoʊm/, /ˈkætəkuːm/

Noun[edit]

catacomb (plural catacombs)

  1. An underground system of tunnels and chambers with recesses for graves, used (in former times) as a cemetery; a subterranean tunnel system used for burying the dead, as in Paris or ancient Rome.

Usage notes[edit]

Often used in the plural.

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