PRONUNCIATION: (KAT-uh-kom, -koom)

MEANING: noun:
1. An underground cemetery with passageways and recesses for graves.
2. A thing or a place that is complex or labyrinthine.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin catacumbas, of obscure origin. Earliest documented use: 971.


CATACOMBO - a hot jazz trio, renowned for playing hep music

CHATACOMB - a hair salon

CATACOME - a difficult task, as in "It's virtually impossible to get a Catacome when you call it"