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Large, impressive tomb, especially a stone building with places for entombment of the dead aboveground. The word is derived from Mausolus, whose widow raised a splendid tomb at Halicarnassus (c. 353–350 BC). Probably the most ambitious mausoleum is the Taj Mahal.
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