Definition of hypogeum in US English:



  • An underground chamber.

    • ‘What conditions limiting growth of cyanobacteria can be safety applied in Roman hypogea?’
    • ‘These hypogea range from single tombs to larger clusters found within the same ridge similar to what one may observe at the site of Ta’ Bistra in Mosta.’
    • ‘On the island of Malta, where great colossal statues of Goddesses still stand, is the underground hypogeum.’
    • ‘One of the most fascinating parts of this farm is the huge hypogeum olive-press, named after it.’
    • ‘It's a Etruscan hypogeum grave, built in the II century B.C. for the family of Arunte Volumnio.’
    • ‘Consequently the absence of an Agapè table from the Christian hypogeum may in future help in dating hypogea.’
    • ‘Without a doubt, its great attraction continues to be the existence of groups of enormous hypogea carved in the hardened volcanic ash.’
    • ‘The problem of conservation, restoration and exploitation of Roman hypogea is part of the more general need to safeguard of the Cultural Heritage of Europe.’
    • ‘Today the hypogeum is in remarkable condition, and an air conditioning system has recently been installed to help preserve the site.’
    • ‘This stingless bee, Trigona hypogea, carries off the youngsters left behind in newly abandoned wasp nests.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin, from Greek hupogeion, neuter of hupogeios ‘underground’.