Definition of hypogeum in English:


Syllabification: hy·po·ge·um
Pronunciation: /ˌhīpəˈjēəm

noun (plural hypogea /-ˈjēə/)

  • An underground chamber.
    More 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.


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

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