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1. A hollow or natural passage under or into the earth, especially one with an opening to the surface.
2. A storage cellar, especially for wine.
v. caved, cav·ing, caves
1. To dig or hollow out.
2. To cause to collapse or fall in. Often used with in: The impact caved in the roof of the car.
1. To fall in; collapse. Often used with in: The walls caved in during the earthquake.
2. To give up all opposition; yield. Often used with in: The school committee caved in to the demands of parents.
3. To explore caves.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cava, from neuter pl. of cavus, hollow; see keuə- in Indo-European roots.]


(Individual Sports, other than specified) the sport of climbing in and exploring caves
ˈcaver n


or spe•lae•ol•o•gy

(ˌspi liˈɒl ə dʒi)

the exploration and study of caves.
[1890–95; < Latin spēlae(um) + -o- + -logy]
spe`le•o•log′i•cal (-əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
spe`le•ol′o•gist, n.


the term for speleology used by professionals.
See also: Caves


[ˈkeɪvɪŋ] Nespeleología f
to go caving (gen) → hacer espeleología; (on specific occasion) → ir en una expedición espeleológica
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Canmore Cave Tours offers year-round, rain or shine, caving experiences in Rat's Nest Cave - a wild, undeveloped cave under Grotto Mountain.
The important required materials for cavers include primarily special clothes, helmets, and light sources for the caving activity that are safe, and everyone who enter the cave should be educated to not harm the ecosystem.
"To borrow an old description, me trying to explore the Gorna Slatina Cave in Macedonia was like trying to push a camel through the eye of a needle," this seasoned speleologist says about his caving adventure.
If you didn't trust those you are caving with, you shouldn't be there.
The company had hired the services of caving experts to ensure high quality
Overall, with countless caves available throughout Malaysia, spelunking or caving activities are truly exciting.