fu·​ner·​ary | \ˈfyü-nə-ˌrer-ē \

Definition of funerary 

: of, used for, or associated with burial a pharaoh's funerary chamber

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Along with the remains of at least nine people, the tomb contained lavish decorations and funerary goods, including four small jugs. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018 The version of events painted on three walls of the 52-square-meter funerary chambers probably takes some poetic license with Capitolias' history. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 2018 Among those were statues from the Roman era, a statue of the ancient Greek goddess of victory, Nike, and funerary statues recovered from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Maggie Hyde, The Seattle Times, "Syria displays artifacts retrieved from rebel-held areas," 8 Oct. 2018 From a funerary eulogist spouting the tenets of Dadaism to a housewife praying to pop art at the dinner table, each role in the film comprises a different movement. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch her play a Jim Jarmusch-obsessed schoolteacher in an exclusive clip from the new film.," 2 June 2017 The two nearby chapels available — the Testolini Quadri, with a base price of more than €256,000, and the slightly larger Azzano, starting at over €277,000 — each sleep, so to speak, two corpses and countless funerary urns for ashes or bones. New York Times, "A Chance to Spend 99-Plus Years in Venice (in the Afterlife)," 21 May 2018 Ackroyd reports on a few suggestive funerary monuments and quotes from literary works satirizing queers and, from time to time, allowing their love to peep out, but most of his early evidence comes from criminal trials. Caleb Crain, New York Times, "In One City, 2,000 Years of Gay History," 21 June 2018 Museum officials are quick to note that while the Sphinx and other artifacts will not be on view after this weekend, mummies and Egyptian funerary artifacts will be on hand for visitors to see throughout the renovation. Stephan Salisbury,, "Visit the Penn Museum's Sphinx this weekend, or wait another 4 to 6 years," 5 July 2018 Mounted on a lavender wall, the skull is decorated with Swarovski crystals, painted flowers and a cute oval funerary portrait of the mare itself under an ornate rendering of its name. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "‘Queenie’ Shows the Force of Latin Women in Art," 6 June 2018

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1661, in the meaning defined above

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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