fu·​ner·​ary | \ ˈfyü-nə-ˌrer-ē How to pronounce funerary (audio) \

Definition of funerary

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

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Small figures were made for funerary, spiritual or magical rites. Susan Dunne,, "UConn’s Benton museum infused with spirit of Africa," 26 Aug. 2019 In addition to the stone circle, the area recognized as a World Heritage Site comprises several complexes of Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial and funerary monuments that indicate that hundreds of people were buried there in ancient times. Julia Webster, Time, "Stonehenge Has Attracted Summer Solstice Visitors for Centuries, But Some Historians Worry About Its Future," 20 June 2019 This international loan exhibition brings many of them – and related Qin dynasty objects, from the same third-century B.C. funerary pit – to the United States for the first time. Anita Gates, New York Times, "From 12th Century B.C. to 2017, Art in Startling Variety," 7 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of funerary

1661, in the meaning defined above

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to make a temporary encampment

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