catacomb catacomb  /ˈkæ tə ˌkoʊm/


  • (n) an underground tunnel with recesses where bodies were buried (as in ancient Rome)


  1. But as police and federal agents began to examine it closely, they found themselves back in the 1960s rummaging through the stale and dusty catacombs of Viet Nam-era radicalism.
  2. There is one sign pointing the way to the enticingly translated City of the Dead, which turns out to be an unrelated catacomb.
  3. A National Gallery exhibition charts the evolution of Christ's image from the Roman catacombs to Dal's famous 1951 response to Hiroshima.



  • In an essay posted on the store's website, novelist Ray Bradbury writes: "It is a labyrinth, a tomb, a catacomb, a maze. . . . In its dusty roundabout winding corridors, turn here and you collide with Shaw, turn there and you knock elbows with...
    on Apr 6, 2008 By: Ray Bradbury Source: Los Angeles Times

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