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 (thŏn′ĭk) also chtho·ni·an (thō′nē-ən)
adj. Greek Mythology
Of or relating to the underworld.

[From Greek khthonios, of the earth, from khthōn, earth; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈθɒn ɪk)

also chtho•ni•an

(ˈθoʊ ni ən)
of or characteristic of the mythological underworld.
[1880–85; < Greek chthón(ios) beneath the earth (adj. derivative of chthṓn earth) + -ic]
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chthonic, chthonian

having to do with the underworld.
See also: Earth
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.chthonic - dwelling beneath the surface of the earth; "nether regions"
infernal - being of the underworld; "infernal regions"
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