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What if any is the relationship between Greek σπηλιά ‎(cave) and σπήλαιον, Albanian shpellë, and English spelunk? It seems they all ultimately come from Slavic. — hippietrail 12:55, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

Are you sure spelunk ultimately is from a Slavic language? I don’t know what Slavic language it would be. Russian has спелеология ‎(speleologija), but that’s borrowed from Greek. I think English spelunk is from Ancient Greek σπήλυγξ ‎(spḗlunx), related to σπéος ‎(spéos) and to σπήλαιον ‎(spḗlaion). —Stephen 09:47, 27 December 2008 (UTC)