catafalque

noun cat·a·falque \ ˈka-tə-ˌfȯ(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

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Origin and Etymology of catafalque

Italian catafalco, from Vulgar Latin *catafalicum scaffold, from cata- + Latin fala siege tower

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