from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cavern; a cave.
Then he carried him into the antre and sat down with him, whilst Hasan related to him what had befallen him in the Islands of Wak; whereat the Elder marvelled with exceeding marvel and said, “O Hasan, how didst thou deliver thy wife and children?”
Watch came, with his little scut of a tail cocked as sharp as duty, and I set him at the narrow mouth of the great snow antre.
A coral reef is not only an instrument of destruction, but a place of sepulchre; the submarine cliff is profoundly undercut, and presents the mouth of a huge antre in which the bodies of men and the hulls of ships are alike hurled down and buried.
Seeing him as she did, she turned from him and shunned his house as the antre of an ogre.
But still further southward and on the range separating the country at the head of the Shoalhaven river from the ravines on the coast, I was shown an antre vast which, for aught I know, may involve in its recesses more of the wild and wonderful than any of the deserts idle which I have since explored.
“And from her bosom’s snowy antre drew the gleaming blade.
The word 'antre' comes from Middle French, from Latin 'antrum' ("cave"), from Ancient Greek 'ἄντρον' ('antron', "cave").