hy·​po·​ge·​um | \ˌhī-pə-ˈjē-əm \
plural hypogea\ ˌhī-​pə-​ˈjē-​ə \

Definition of hypogeum 

: the subterranean part of an ancient building also : an ancient underground burial chamber

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An interior view of the Colosseum's hypogeum after the restoration. Simon Dumenco, ELLE Decor, "The Roman Colosseum Is Getting A $7.2 Million Exterior Makeover," 6 July 2016 On most evenings, CoopCulture will run 75-minute tours, taking you through the main floor of the arena and to check out the underground space, known as the hypogeum, where gladiators waited before entering for battle. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Can Now Explore the Roman Colosseum at Night," 28 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of hypogeum

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypogeum

borrowed from Latin hypogēum, hypogaeum "underground chamber," borrowed from Greek hypógeion, hypógaion, noun derivative from neuter of hypógeios, hypógaios "underground, subterranean" — more at hypogeal

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