troglodyte

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin trōglodyta (cave dwelling people), from Ancient Greek τρωγλοδύτης (trōglodutēs, one who dwells in holes), from τρώγλη (trōglē, hole) + δύω (duō, I get into).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɹɒɡlədaɪt/, /ˈtɹɒɡləʊdaɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈtɹɑɡlədaɪt/, /ˈtɹɑɡloʊdaɪt/
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Noun[edit]

troglodyte (plural troglodytes)

  1. A member of a supposed prehistoric race that lived in caves or holes, a caveman.
  2. (by extension) Anything that lives underground.
    The cave was populated by albino scorpions, blind salamanders, and other troglodytes.
  3. A reclusive, reactionary or out-of-date person, especially if brutish.
  4. The wren, Troglodytes troglodytes.
  5. (computing) A person who chooses not to keep up-to-date with the latest software and hardware.

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