spelaean


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spelaean

(spɪˈliːən) or

spelean

adj
(Biology) of, found in, or inhabiting caves: spelaean animals.
[C19: via New Latin, from Latin spēlaeum a cave, from Greek spēlaion]

spe•lae•an

or spe•le•an

(spɪˈli ən)

adj.
pertaining to or inhabiting caves.
[1830–40; < Latin spēlaeum cave (< Greek spḗlaion) + -an1]