cavern


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cavernous space

[TA]
an anatomic cavity with many interconnecting chambers.
Synonym(s): caverna [TA], cavern

cav·ern

(kav'ĕrn)
An anatomic cavity with many interconnecting chambers.
See also: cave, cavity
References in classic literature ?
When Aramis had seen to all these things, and appeared satisfied with the result of his inspection, "Let us consult Porthos," said he, "to know if we must endeavor to get the boat out by the unknown extremity of the grotto, following the descent and the shade of the cavern, or whether it be better, in the open air, to make it slide upon its rollers through the bushes, leveling the road of the little beach, which is but twenty feet high, and gives, at high tide, three or four fathoms of good water upon a sound bottom.
It must be as you please, monseigneur," replied the skipper Yves, respectfully; "but I don't believe that by the slope of the cavern, and in the dark in which we shall be obliged to maneuver our boat, the road will be so convenient as the open air.
We put all the other things handy at the back of the cavern.
Goosal, though in fear and trembling, was lead through it, and came to another cavern, vaster than the first.
Goosal had said the cavern lay distant more than a two- days' journey into the jungle.
And the King paced up and down his cavern more angry than before.
Hearing this the Nome King uttered a yell of joy and leaped from his throne, to resume his wild walk up and down the cavern.
When I was sure that I was not dreaming, I realised that it was doubtless some little animal which had found its way into the cavern from the sea, and when disturbed had fled, showing me a means of escape which I could never have discovered for myself.
I suppose the vegetable folk were always afraid to enter this cavern because it is dark; but we have our lanterns to light the way, so I propose that we start out and discover where this tunnel in the mountain leads to.
The natural taste and true ear of David governed and modified the sounds to suit the confined cavern, every crevice and cranny of which was filled with the thrilling notes of their flexible voices.
Dantes saw the light gradually disappear, and fearing to be surprised in the cavern, left it, his gun in his hand.
The warriors fairly tumbled over one another in their efforts to escape the fatal poison of that awful egg, and those who could not rush down the winding stair fell off the balcony into the great cavern beneath, knocking over those who stood below them.