spelaean

adjective
spe·​lae·​an
variants: or less commonly spelean \ spə̇ˈlēən , (ˈ)spē¦l-​ \

Definition of spelaean

: dwelling or occurring in a cave

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History and Etymology for spelaean

Latin spelaeum, speleum cave (from Greek spēlaion) + English -an

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“Spelaean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spelaean. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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