crypt definition

  • noun:
    • An underground vault or chamber, specially one beneath a church which is used as a burial place.
    • Anatomy a tiny pit, recess, or glandular cavity in the torso.
    • An underground vault, particularly one beneath a church which is used as a burial spot.
    • A small pit or hole within the body
    • A vault wholly or partly under ground; specially, a vault under a church, whether useful for burial functions and for a subterranean chapel or oratory.
    • a straightforward gland, glandular hole, or pipe; a follicle.
    • a concealed or secret recess; a subterranean cell or cave, particularly one constructed or employed for the interment of figures, as in the catacombs.
    • part of an ecclesiastical building, as a cathedral, chapel, etc., below the primary flooring, frequently set apart for monumental reasons, and often used as a chapel or a shrine.
    • In anatomy, a follicle; a small quick tubular or saccular secretory gap; a small glandular cavity: because, a mucous crypt (a follicular secretory pit in mucous membrane). See hair follicle. Also crypta.
    • a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)

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