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sarcophagus

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noun sar·coph·a·gus \sär-ˈkä-fə-gəs\

Simple Definition of sarcophagus

  • : a stone coffin from ancient times

Full Definition of sarcophagus

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

  1. :  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

Rhymes with sarcophagus



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