from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Plural of hypogeum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Plural form of hypogeum.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word hypogea.


  • He would not deign to examine even the masterpieces of Elephanta, or the mysterious hypogea, concealed south-east from the docks, or those fine remains of Buddhist architecture, the Kanherian grottoes of the island of Salcette.

    Around the World in 80 Days

  • The groundnut or peanut, Arachis hypogea (Swahili: njugu karanga, Giriama: nzugu nyasa, nzugu karanga, Chonyi: dzugu, nyasa, Kambe: nzugu kalanga, Luo: dzugu, njugu) also has pods that develop underground.

    Chapter 7

  • Perrot's assertion that all early Phoenician tombs were _hypogea_, we may say that as the Bahrein Islands offered no facility for this method of sepulture, the closely-covered-in mound would be the most natural substitute.

    Southern Arabia

  • But common sepulchres were usually built below ground, and called hypogea.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 273, September 15, 1827

  • Indeed, the existence of the Jewish hypogea-the Holy Sepulchre, another one 30 feet to the west, and a third to the northeast-leaves no room for doubt on this point; for only the kings enjoyed the privilege of sepulture within the city.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • And so one goes on, for days and weeks, between these two interminable cliffs of reddish chalk, filled with their hypogea and mummies, which are the walls of the valley of the Nile, and will follow us up to the first cataract, until our entrance into Nubia.

    Egypt (La Mort de Philae)

  • One divines instinctively and at once the catacombs, the hypogea and the mummies that lie beneath!

    Egypt (La Mort de Philae)

  • And around were a number of temples, of hypogea, of Roman ruins, of ruins of churches dating from the first centuries of Christianity.

    Egypt (La Mort de Philae)

  • And in the dark blue ceilings there are the same frescoes, filled with stars, with the signs of the Zodiac, and series of winged discs; in bas-relief on the walls, the same multitudinous crowd of people who gesticulate and make signs to one another with their hands -- eternally the same mysterious signs, repeated to infinity, everywhere -- in the palaces, the hypogea, the syringes, and on the sarcophagi and papyri of the mummies.

    Egypt (La Mort de Philae)

  • The whole deep rock had been perforated patiently to make hypogea and sepulchral chambers, great and small, and veritable palaces for the dead, adorned with innumerable painted figures.

    Egypt (La Mort de Philae)


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.