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a cave, especially one that is large and mostly underground.
Pathology. a cavity that is produced by disease, especially one produced in the lungs by tuberculosis.
to enclose in or as if in a cavern.
to hollow out to form a cavern.
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Historical Examples

a cave, esp when large and formed by underground water, or a large chamber in a cave
verb (transitive)
to shut in or as if in a cavern
to hollow out

late 14c., from Old French caverne (12c.) “cave, vault, cellar,” from Late Latin caverna “cave,” from Latin cavus “hollow” (see cave (n.)). In Old English such a land feature might be called an eorðscræf.
A large cave.


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