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potter's field

noun

Definition of potter's field

  1. :  a public burial place for paupers, unknown persons, and criminals



Examples of potter's field

  1. <criminals and unidentified people are sometimes buried in a potter's field>



Origin of potter's field

from the mention in Matthew 27:7 of the purchase of a potter's field for use as a graveyard


First Known Use: 1777


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