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 (spĭ-lŭng′kər, spē′lŭng′-)
One who explores caves chiefly as a hobby; a caver.

[From obsolete spelunk, cave, from Middle English, from Old French spelunque, from Latin spēlunca, from Greek spēlunx.]

spe′lunk′ing n.
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[spɪˈlʌŋkɪŋ] N (US) → espeleología f
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[spɪˈlʌŋkɪŋ] n (US)spéléologie f
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