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Subterraneous   Listen

Being or operating under the surface of the earth.  Synonym: subterranean.  "A subsurface flow of water"
Lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed).  Synonyms: subterranean, ulterior.  "Looked too closely for an ulterior purpose in all knowledge"

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"Subterraneous" Quotes from Famous Books

... it has subterraneous passages, to which the sewers of London are a mere song; and they all lead to a small cave at high-water mark on the sea-beach, covered with brambles and bushes, and just large enough at its entrance to admit of ...
— Olla Podrida • Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

... the primitive chain, are two hills, called “pizzè-ogheddu,” and “pizzè ogu mannu,” or peaks of the little and great eye, which were certainly ignivomous mouths, and the peasants believe that they still have a subterraneous communication. A volcanic stream has run from them over a calcareous tract, forming an elevated plain nearly 1600 feet above the level of the sea, called, “Sa giara e Serri.” It overlooks Gergei, and is covered ...
— Rambles in the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia - with Notices of their History, Antiquities, and Present Condition. • Thomas Forester

... intense winter cold. Many of the houses have a yard before them, which is walled round, and three or four are mostly clustered together. Sometimes excavations are made in a pit or hollow found on high ground, and then a subterraneous passage leading to them is excavated from the mountain sides: these are reckoned very secure. From the heights where I write, there is a boundless view of the plain and undulating ground which lie between the Mediterranean and this Atlas ...
— Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 • James Richardson

... at her court, fabulously said to have been held in the subterraneous caverns of this lake, and from hence he was ...
— Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2) • John Roby

... of his sister's constancy, on presence of building a tomb, caused this subterraneous habitation to be made, in hopes of finding one day or other an opportunity to possess himself of that objets which was the cause of his flame, and to bring her hither. He took advantage of my absence, to enter by force into the place of his sister's ...
— The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete • Anonymous

... 117. "Their acquisition of Telamone, a seaport on the confines of the Maremma, has led them to conceive hopes of becoming a naval power: but this scheme will prove as chimerical as their former plan for the discovery of a subterraneous stream under their city." Why they gave the appellation of Diana to the imagined stream, Venturi says he leaves it to the antiquaries ...
— The Divine Comedy • Dante

Words linked to "Subterraneous" :   subsurface, covert

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