noun cat·a·comb \ˈka-tə-ˌkōm\

: an underground place where people are buried

Full Definition of CATACOMB

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