Definitions

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  • n. A Cornish souterrain.

Etymologies

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From Cornish fogo ("cave"). Compare vug.

Examples

  • The curious _fogou_ of Pendeen Vau was actually in the garden of his birthplace, so that he had an early stimulus to research.

    The Cornwall Coast

  • It is supposed that the entire length of the Porthcothan _fogou_ must have been over 1,000 yards, one gallery leading to Trevethan, whence another communicated with the beach at Porthmear.

    The Cornwall Coast

  • They rushed down the hillside screaming with terror; and, when safe among the cottages, began to babble incoherently that there was a ghost up yonder in the "owld hunted fogou," they had seen its face -- and it was white -- so white!

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  • Some eight months after -- in the time of blackberries -- some youngsters, questing among the ferns on the hillside, stumbled across the fogou and crept in to explore it.

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  • Elijah had made his way to the fogou, determined to front Hate and to compel her to keep faith with him, even if he squeezed her life out through her throat.

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  • And then he remembered that up on yonder moors -- whose ferns and granite boulders he could see plainly in the moonlight -- there was a "gashly owld fogou," [N] where, if a man went at midnight prepared to boldly summon

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  • As he ploughed his way through the trackless tangle, giving vent the while to a superfluity of oaths, he presently stumbled on the entrance to the fogou, almost precipitating himself into its darkness, so suddenly had he stumbled on it, wading through the ferns.

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  • To find the fogou, among the bewildering growth of ferns, was by no means the easiest task in the world: for the rude cave-dwelling was literally buried in the hill-side; its entrance being hidden by the rank vegetation that here reached almost to Elijah's arm-pits.

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  • We went through what is reputed to be the oldest identifiable street in England at Carn Euny, an execavated iron age village with a 20metre fogou (a long covered chamber).

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  • _fogou_ (subterranean passage), not easy to find and not easy to enter.

    The Cornwall Coast

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  • A fogou is an underground structure found in Iron Age settlements. There's a good article on them in Wikipedia.

    June 5, 2009

  • Cornish mystery cave. More here and pictures here.

    June 18, 2007