crypt

\ \ [18] The Greek adjective kruptós meant ‘hidden’. From it was derived kruptikós, which passed into English via late Latin crypticus as cryptic [17]. The feminine form of the original Greek adjective, krúptē, was used as a noun meaning literally ‘hidden place’, thus ‘underground chamber, vault’; English acquired it via Latin crypta. From the same ultimate source comes apocrypha [14], literally ‘books of hidden – that is, unknown – authorship’.
\ \ Cf.APOCRYPHA

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