What Does Cavernous Mean?


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Cavernous means to be filled or to be full of caverns. A cavern is a huge cave or an underground chamber. The word "cavern" has a Latin origin, 'cavus" meaning hollow. The word "cavernous" is used when one wants to describe the immense depth, darkness or vastness of a particular object, place or feeling. When you want to relate to something which is "closing in" or "curving inwards", you can use the term "cavernous." An open mouthed gesture like a yawn or a gape can also be termed as cavernous. A porous area is also said to be cavernous.

The other meaning of cavernous means "erectile" or filled with blood and becoming rigid and distended. For example an organ like a penis filled with erectile tissue is said to be cavernous.

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