spelunk

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  • IPA(key): /spəˈlʌŋk/, /spiːˈlʌŋk/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌŋk

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English spelunke, from Old French spelonque and/or Latin spelunca, from Ancient Greek σπῆλυγξ (spêlunx, cave), related to σπέος (spéos). Cognates include Middle Dutch spelunke, spelonke, German Spelunke.

Noun[edit]

spelunk (plural spelunks)

  1. (obsolete) A cave, cavern or grotto.
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Etymology 2[edit]

U.S., 1940s. Back-formation from spelunker.

Verb[edit]

spelunk (third-person singular simple present spelunks, present participle spelunking, simple past and past participle spelunked)

  1. To explore caves.
  2. To explore a system in depth.
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