catafalque


cat·a·falque

noun \ˈka-tə-ˌf(l)k, -ˌfalk\

Definition of CATAFALQUE

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