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souterrain

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Etymology

From French souterrain, from sous ‘under’ + terrain ‘ground’.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈsuːtəɹeɪn/

Noun

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souterrain

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  1. (archaeology) An underground chamber or passage sometimes used as a store, especially one associated with Iron Age settlements.
    • 1885: Now when my son saw that I separated them, he secretly built this souterrain and furnished it and transported to it victuals, even as thou seest; and, when I had gone out a-sporting, came here with his sister and hid from me. — Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 11

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