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Adjective. Late 19th century.
BIOLOGY. Inhabiting caves.
cavernicole noun a cavernicolous animal. M20
We've all called someone a cave-dweller or a troglodyte, right? However, while these insults may carry the requisite spelaeological grist, they do rather lack the Haddockian oomph and abstrusity of cavernicolous which, especially when used against someone with the typical adaptations of a cavernicole (translucent colouring, elongated limbs, vestigial eyes, etc), is an all the more withering verbal smackdown. Therefore, the next time you're about to call someone a knuckle-dragging cave-dweller or a lichen-licking troglodyte, do consider cavernicolous - you'll look awfully clever.
Have you ever been called a cave-dwelling, subterranean troglodyte?
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