Definition of hypogeum in English:

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hypogeum

Pronunciation: /ˌhīpəˈjēəm/

noun (plural hypogea /-ˈjēə/)

An underground chamber.
Example sentences
  • On the island of Malta, where great colossal statues of Goddesses still stand, is the underground hypogeum.
  • This stingless bee, Trigona hypogea, carries off the youngsters left behind in newly abandoned wasp nests.
  • One of the most fascinating parts of this farm is the huge hypogeum olive-press, named after it.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin, from Greek hupogeion, neuter of hupogeios 'underground'.

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Syllabification: hy·po·ge·um

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