Caving Translations


A basic knowledge of foreign words for ‘cave’ (or associated names such as ‘cavern’, ‘pot’ or ‘system’) may help you use Descent and its indexes as a reference tool. Some of these words may be used as a prefix (eg. Ireland: Poul/Poll) or suffix (eg. Austria: Höhle, as in Mammuthöhle). A short list of the commonest of these, which variously occur in Descent, appears here:

Language/countryForeign languageEnglish
Afrikaans-gatcave
Brazilabismopot
 grutacave
Bulgariadupkacave
Chinadongcave
 yancave
Czech Republicjeskynecave
Ethiopiaenkoftucave
 holkacave
Franceabîmepot
 avenpot
 gouffrepot
 grottecave
 reseausystem
 trouhole
Germanyhöhlecave
 lochhole
 schachtshaft
Hungarybarlangcave
 zsombolypot
Indiakremcave
Indonesiaguacave
 luwengpot
 ngalaucave
 sirahresurgence
 surupansink
Irangharcave
Irelandpoll-hole
 poul-hole
Italyabissopot
 bucahole
 bucohole
 complessosystem
 grottacave
Japan-docave
Malaysiaguacave
 lubangcave
Moroccoifricave
 kefcave
Nepalguphacave
Netherlandsgrotcave
Pakistanghara/gharracave
Polandjaskiniacave
Portugalabismopot
 grutacave
Romaniapesteracave
Russiaпещераcave
 гротcave
 колодецpit
 шахтаpit
 шкурникsqueeze
 шкуродёрsqueeze
Scotlandalltstream
 uamhcave
Slovakiajaskynacave
Sloveniabreznopot
 jamacave
 pécinacave
 spiljacave
Spaincuevacave
 grutacave
 hoyohole
 nitacave
 pozopot
 pozupot
 resumideroresurgence
 simapot
 sistemasystem
 sótanocavern
 sumiderosink
 torcapot
Thailandthamcave
Turkeymagarasicave
Walesogofcave
 pwllpot
 twllhole