spelunking
noun Date: 1944 the hobby or practice of exploring caves

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • spelunking — [[t]spɪlʌ̱ŋkɪŋ[/t]] N UNCOUNT Spelunking is the leisure activity of going into underground caves and tunnels. [AM] (in BRIT, use potholing) …   English dictionary

  • spelunking — See spelunker. * * * …   Universalium

  • spelunking — 1. noun The practice or hobby of exploring underground caverns; caving. 2. verb (to explore underground caves) …   Wiktionary

  • spelunking —    See caving …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • spelunking — spe|lunk|ing [spıˈlʌŋkıŋ] AmE [Date: 1900 2000; : Latin; Origin: spelunca cave , from Greek spelynx] the sport of walking and climbing in ↑caves >spelunker n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spelunking — spe|lunk|ing [ spə lʌŋkıŋ ] noun uncount AMERICAN the activity of climbing into CAVES under the ground for enjoyment …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • spelunking — n. exploration of caves …   English contemporary dictionary

  • spelunking — [spɪ lʌŋkɪŋ] noun N. Amer. the exploration of caves, especially as a hobby. Derivatives spelunker noun Origin 1940s: from obs. spelunk cave (from L. spelunca) …   English new terms dictionary

  • spelunking — noun (U) AmE the sport of walking and climbing in caves spelunker noun (C) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • spelunking — spe·lunk·ing …   English syllables

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