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catacomb

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noun cat·a·comb \ˈka-tə-ˌkōm\

Simple Definition of catacomb

  • : an underground place where people are buried

Full Definition of catacomb

  1. 1 :  a subterranean cemetery of galleries with recesses for tombs —usually used in plural

  2. 2 :  something resembling a catacomb: as a :  an underground passageway or group of passageways b :  a complex set of interrelated things <the endless catacombs of formal education — Kingman Brewster †1988>

Examples of catacomb

  1. <explored the catacombs looking for evidence about burial customs of that ancient society>



Origin of catacomb

Middle English catacumb, Middle French catacombe, probably from Old Italian catacomba, from Late Latin catacumbae, plural


First Known Use: 15th century



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