hypogeum

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin hypogaeum, from Ancient Greek ὑπόγειον (hupógeion), a noun use of the neuter singular of ὑπόγειος (hupógeios, underground).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /hʌɪpəˈd͡ʒiːəm/, /hɪpəˈd͡ʒiːəm/

Noun[edit]

hypogeum (plural hypogeums or hypogea)

  1. An underground room or cavern (also used figuratively).
    • 1969, JG Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition:
      Contour: the unique parameters of Karen’s body – beckoning vents of mouth and vulva, the soft hypogeum of the anus.

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