Subterranean. Pertaining to the world beneath our feet, under the ground. From the Greek CTHON.

Applied to a Lovecraftian beastie who lives underground, gigantic psychic worms which are destroyed with oil rigs in Brian Lumley's The Burrowers Beneath.

Chtho"ni*an (?), a. [Gr. &?; in or under the earth, fr. &?;, &?;, earth.]

Designating, or pertaining to, gods or spirits of the underworld; esp., relating to the underworld gods of the Greeks, whose worship is widely considered as more primitive in form than that of the Olympian gods. The characteristics of chthonian worship are propitiatory and magical rites and generalized or euphemistic names of the deities, which are supposed to have been primarily ghosts.


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