hypocephalus

noun hy·po·ceph·a·lus

Definition of hypocephalus

plural

hypocephali

\-fəˌlī\
  1. :  a circular sheet of papyrus containing extracts from the 162d chapter of the Book of the Dead stiffened with plastered linen and placed as an amulet under the head of an ancient Egyptian mummy in the coffin

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Origin and Etymology of hypocephalus

New Latin, from hypo- + -cephalus (from Greek kephalē head) — more at cephalic


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