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subterranean

adjective sub·ter·ra·nean \ˌsəb-tə-ˈrā-nē-ən, -nyən\

: located or living under the surface of the ground

: existing or working in secret

Full Definition of SUBTERRANEAN

1
:  being, lying, or operating under the surface of the earth
2
:  existing or working in secret :  hidden <a subterranean network of criminals>
sub·ter·ra·nean·ly also sub·ter·ra·neous·ly adverb

Variants of SUBTERRANEAN

sub·ter·ra·nean also sub·ter·ra·neous \-nē-əs, -nyəs\

Examples of SUBTERRANEAN

  1. <a subterranean bunker that supposedly could withstand even an atomic blast>

Origin of SUBTERRANEAN

Latin subterraneus, from sub- + terra earth — more at thirst
First Known Use: 1603

Related to SUBTERRANEAN

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

Rhymes with SUBTERRANEAN

SUBTERRANEAN Defined for Kids

subterranean

adjective sub·ter·ra·nean \ˌsəb-tə-ˈrā-nē-ən, -nyən\

Definition of SUBTERRANEAN for Kids

:  being, lying, or operating under the surface of the earth <a subterranean lake>

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