[ US /ˈkætəˌkoʊm/ ]
[ UK /kˈætɐkˌə‍ʊm/ ]
  1. an underground tunnel with recesses where bodies were buried (as in ancient Rome)
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How To Use catacomb In A Sentence

  • When Lamarck died he was buried in a pauper's grave (his bones were later dug up and scattered in the catacombs under Paris); Cuvier was given a large tomb in Père Lachaise cemetery. A Conversation with Rebecca Stott about The Coral Thief
  • She said to the monk, in her halting Italian, `I've come to see the catacombs. THE GOLDEN LION
  • -- The so-called catacombs of Paris were never catacombs in the ancient sense of the word, and were not devoted to purposes of sepulture until 1784. Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889
  • the sepulchral darkness of the catacombs
  • Catacumbas, whence the term catacomb, a word seemingly of uncertain origin (Northcote and Brownlow, I, 262-63). The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux
  • I can also vaguely recall occasionally going to a club called Catacombs, but since I was off my face on snakebite and black, my memories are dim and distant.
  • Among the representations of fossors in the catacombs the one best known, through Wiseman's "Fabiola", is that of the fossor Diogenes, discovered by Boldetti. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI
  • Such operations also from time to time reveal the catacombs in which the bodies of Christians were buried.
  • Megalithic temples that predate the Egyptian pyramids, Bronze Age archaeological sites, Phoenician inscriptions, and Roman catacombs all contribute to a sense of nationhood.
  • Especially if the city is older than time, built on the slopes of an uneasily slumbering volcano, atop murmuring catacombs, and the eldritch ruins where men fear to tread loom over the unclimbed and unclimbable far side of the volcano, and strange musics or shrieks of nonhuman laughter ring across the ashy slopes when the moon is dark, or, in the case of Mars, moons. MIND MELD: Gods by the Bushel
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