canopic jar

noun
ca·no·pic jar | \kə-ˈnō-pik-, -ˈnä- \

Definition of canopic jar 

: a jar in which the ancient Egyptians preserved the viscera of a deceased person usually for burial with the mummy

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First Known Use of canopic jar

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canopic jar

Canopus, Egyptian

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