spelunker

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spelunk +‎ -er

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spelunker (plural spelunkers)

  1. One who explores caves; one who spelunks; caver.
  2. (pejorative) An amateur or inadequately prepared caver.
    • 2003, Dangerous Dick & the Duckbusters, Creepy Crawlways:
      But the scariest of all’s the witless caver;
      Spelunker is the name that he goes by.
      He caves alone with just one light,
      A worn-out rope, and boots too tight,
      Looking for a cave in which to die.
    • 2011, Michael Gordon, Caving in Ontario: Exploring Buried Karst:
      it is a truth that every caver was once a spelunker with a flashlight and a tangled ball of string.

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