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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Catacombsnoun

    Subterraneous cavities for the burial of the dead; of which there are a great number about three miles from Rome, supposed to be the caves and cells where the primitive christians hid and assembled themselves, and where they interred the martyrs, which are accordingly visited with devotion. But, anciently, the word catacomb was only understood of the tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul; and Mr. Monro, in the Philosophical Transactions, supposes the catacombs to have been originally the sepulchres of the first Romans. Places like these might afford convenient resortments to the primitive christians, but could never be built by them. Ephraim Chambers

    Etymology: from ϰατὰ and ϰομβος, a hollow or cavity.

Wikipedia

  1. Catacombs

    Catacombs are man-made subterranean passageways for religious practice. Any chamber used as a burial place is a catacomb, although the word is most commonly associated with the Roman Empire.

Wikidata

  1. Catacombs

    Catacombs are human-made subterranean passageways for religious practice. Any chamber used as a burial place is a catacomb, although the word is most commonly associated with the Roman Empire. Many are under cities and have been popularized by stories of their use as war refuges, smugglers' hideouts, or meeting places for cults.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Catacombs

    originally underground quarries, afterwards used as burial-places for the dead, found beneath Paris and in the neighbourhood of Rome, as well as elsewhere; those around Rome, some 40 in number, are the most famous, as having been used by the early Christians, not merely for burial but for purposes of worship, and are rich In monuments of art and memorials of history.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Catacombs

    Italian Catacomba, from the Greek kata, downward, and kumbe, a hollow, a cavity.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of catacombs in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of catacombs in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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