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sarcophagus

noun sar·coph·a·gus \sär-ˈkä-fə-gəs\

: a stone coffin from ancient times

plural sar·coph·a·gi\-ˌgī, -ˌjī, -ˌgē\ also sar·coph·a·gus·es

Full Definition of SARCOPHAGUS

:  a stone coffin; broadly :  coffin

Examples of SARCOPHAGUS

  1. <the crypt under the abbey church contains the sarcophagus of the monastery's founding abbot>

Origin of SARCOPHAGUS

Latin sarcophagus (lapis) limestone used for coffins, from Greek (lithos) sarkophagos, literally, flesh-eating stone, from sark- sarc- + phagein to eat — more at baksheesh
First Known Use: 1619

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