death penny

noun

Definition of death penny

1 : a coin placed with a buried corpse as if to pay passage to the otherworld

First Known Use of death penny

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Death penny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/death%20penny. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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