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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /spəˈlʌŋk/, /spiːˈlʌŋk/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌŋk

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English spelunke, from Latin spelunca, from Ancient Greek σπῆλυγξ (spêlunx), from earlier σπέος (spéos). Cognates include German Spelunke.

NounEdit

spelunk (plural spelunks)

  1. (obsolete) A cave, cavern or grotto.
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Etymology 2Edit

U.S., 1940s. Back-formation from spelunker.

VerbEdit

spelunk (third-person singular simple present spelunks, present participle spelunking, simple past and past participle spelunked)

  1. To explore caves.
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