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catafalque

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noun cat·a·falque \ˈka-tə-ˌfȯ(l)k, -ˌfalk\

Definition of catafalque

  1. 1 :  an ornamental structure sometimes used in funerals for the lying in state of the body

  2. 2 :  a pall-covered coffin-shaped structure used at requiem masses celebrated after burial



Origin of catafalque

Italian catafalco, from Vulgar Latin *catafalicum scaffold, from cata- + Latin fala siege tower


First Known Use: 1641

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